There’s nothing normal about Donald Trump’s presidency, including his family dynamics. Trump and Melania may be the proud parents of their eleven-year-old son, Barron Trump, but his life in Washington is unlike most first kids in recent memory.
Not only is Barron having to adjust to craziness of Washington, but he’s also the first pre-teen son to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since William Howard Taft’s son, Charles, in 1908.
How is Barron’s life different than the typical first kid?
Barron has been living in the White House since last summer. While it probably wasn’t easy making the move from Trump Tower to the White House, Barron is uniquely fit for life in front of the cameras.
Flashback: Barron Trump Destroys Internet With Picture of Marine Standing by Aircraft https://t.co/X1CDRpxNMO
— Truth Of The Matter1 (@TruthMatters13) February 18, 2018
Given Trump’s celebrity status, Barron has grown up in the spotlight and knows how to handle himself in public. This has given him a head start on most first kids, who go through a long adjustment period after making the move to Washington.
In speaking about Barron in 2015, Trump had nothing but good things to say about his fifth child. Trump praised his son for being a hard-working boy but wasn’t sure he was aware of everything that was going on with his parents.
But after Trump won the presidency, Melania offered her son a bit of advice on how to handle the transition.
“I tell him: Take it day by day, enjoy your life, live your meaningful life as I like to do,” Melania explained during the election.
Barron did not make a lot of appearances during Trump’s campaign. At the time, his mother made it clear that Barron’s education was the number one priority and kept him enrolled in school even after the election.
In fact, Melania stayed behind in New York until Barron was finished with schooling, which meant her move to the White House was delayed by a good three months.
Melania and Barron maintained a low profile in New York, but they did enjoy a few short vacations at Mar-a-Lago from time to time.
Melania’s parents would join them for the excursions in Florida and it’s clear that Barron is close to Melania’s side of the family.
Barron Trump’s maternal grandmother, maternal grandfather, paternal grandmother and paternal grandfather’s father all likely came to America through “chain migration.” https://t.co/JCyoOtIHcp
— Philip Bump (@pbump) February 22, 2018
Speaking of Barron’s grandparents, Melania’s lawyer recently revealed that they were granted U.S. residency through a program Trump has labeled “chain migration.”
The program allows family members who are U.S. citizens to lobby on behalf of their family for residency papers.
Despite Trump’s opposition to immigration, this means that three of Barron Trump’s grandparents came to America through a program Trump has criticized in the past.