Melania and Barron Trump spotted leaving Trump Tower for New Jersey resort after former president's guilty verdict

 June 5, 2024

Though former President Donald Trump had plenty of allies show up to support him throughout his recently concluded criminal trial in Manhattan, notable exceptions included former first lady Melania Trump and youngest son Barron.

Melania and Barron were just spotted on Tuesday for the first time since Trump's guilty verdict last week as they left Trump Tower with an assortment of luggage, according to the New York Post.

After they and their luggage were loaded into a black bulletproof SUV driven by Secret Service agents, it is believed that the former president's wife and son were transported to the family's "safe haven" estate at the Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey.

Headed to Bedminster resort in New Jersey

The Post reported that the first lady, exquisitely dressed as always in designer clothing, had been staying hidden at Trump Tower for the past two weeks while her husband's criminal trial drew to its conclusion.

Barron, who was wearing a blue suit and white shirt without a tie, has presumably been by his mother's side since his graduation from high school last month as the two reportedly finalize their plans on where he will attend college in the fall.

The trip to Bedminster in New Jersey is not a surprise, as they and the former president often spend the summer months there instead of the Mar-a-Lago resort to avoid the oppressive heat and humidity of South Florida.

Family congregated at Trump Tower in support

Last week, the New York Post's Page Six reported that, according to multiple unnamed sources, most of former President Trump's family had gathered together to support him at Trump Tower ahead of the verdict in his "hush money" trial in New York.

The former first lady and first son had been "smuggled in through the side entrance" days earlier to avoid being seen by the media, but rather than celebrate an acquittal or even a hung jury and mistrial, the guilty verdict created a "funeral"-like atmosphere.

"Everyone says Melania and the entire family are rallying around the former president. But the mood is nonetheless gloomy and gloomier right now. It’s definitely viewed as a downer at Mar-a-Lago," one anonymous source told the outlet.

Another unnamed "insider" told Page Six, "Everyone is upset. Trump talked to both Melania and all his children, including Ivanka. [But] Trump says the real verdict will take place in November when the people vote."

Trump says trial was "tougher" on family than himself

According to Mediaite, former President Trump sat down for a post-verdict interview with the "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-hosts to discuss the trial and guilty verdict and described the negative impact the weeks-long proceeding had on his family members, especially his wife and youngest son.

"I think in many ways it’s tougher on them than it is on me," Trump said. "I have a wonderful wife who has to listen to this stuff all the time. They do that for this reason. They do that -- all these salacious names that they put in of these people and I’m not even allowed to defend myself because of a gag order."

The former president was undoubtedly referencing the unnecessarily explicit and likely prejudicial testimony from porn actress Stormy Daniels about an alleged affair in 2006 that led to his ex-attorney Michael Cohen paying her $130,000 in 2016 to remain silent about the allegation ahead of the election. Trump was charged with falsification of business records in relation to his reimbursement of Cohen for the Daniels' "hush money" payment.

As for his son Barron, Trump told the "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-hosts that he's "a very good student and he’s applied to colleges and he gets into everywhere he goes. He’s very sought after. From that standpoint, he’s a very smart guy," and added, "He’s a very tall guy. He’s a great kid. He’s cool. He’s pretty cool."

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