Barron Trump: Donald Trump’s youngest son to play role at Republican convention

  • By James FitzGerald
  • BBC News

Legend, Barron Trump – pictured with his mother and father – has until now lived largely out of the public eye.

Donald Trump’s youngest child, Barron Trump, will step into the political spotlight with a role at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July.

Delegates from across the United States will officially select the party’s nominee for president at the rally in Milwaukee – who is expected to be Barron’s father.

The 18-year-old was named to a list of at-large delegates to attend the event for the state of Florida.

Previously, Barron’s mother, Melania, had kept him largely out of the public eye.

He appears on the list along with other Trump family members who have long played key roles in their father’s campaign, including Barron’s half-siblings Donald Jr., Eric and Tiffany.

A number of other close allies of the ex-president are also on the list, according to NBC News, which first reported the story.

In a statement to US media, Florida party chairman Evan Power said: “We are fortunate to have a great group of local leaders, elected officials and members of the Trump family working together within of the Florida delegation.

A Trump campaign official told ABC News that Barron, who will graduate from high school next week, is “very interested in our country’s political process.”

The RNC, to be held in Milwaukee from July 15-18, will see Mr Trump confirmed as the Republican nominee in November’s presidential election.

He won enough state-level primaries — including one in Florida, where he owns a home — to clinch the nomination. Each of the country’s 50 states and several territories are sending delegates to the convention to formally vote for their presidential candidate, which should be a simple process since there is no viable challenge to Mr. Trump.

The ex-president won 2,037 delegates during the primary campaign, far more than the 1,215 needed to win the nomination. Mr. Trump’s closest rival, his former UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, won 97.

Ms. Haley won only two contests, in Vermont and Washington, D.C., although she became the first woman to win a Republican presidential primary. On the other side of the political divide, President Joe Biden is also expected to be confirmed as the 2024 Democratic nominee, which would be America’s first rematch in a presidential vote in 70 years.

This time, Mr. Trump is juggling his campaign and his legal battles. He faces dozens of charges in four separate cases.

His first criminal trial is underway in New York, where he has been charged with falsifying business records – although he denies any wrongdoing.

The judge granted him special permission to take time off court to attend Barron’s graduation next week.

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