His knack for suits captured our attention, and his facial expressions during the inauguration captured our hearts. Barron Trump, the youngest of President Donald Trump’s five children, serves as our country’s first son. But just who is this boy sporting a suit and standing behind our nation’s president?
Just as we did with Mike Pence, let’s take a closer look at 15 surprising facts that redefine Barron Trump as the first son.
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1. He enjoys playing alone
Barron Trump reportedly enjoys his alone time, often playing by himself for hours at a time. According to Parenting magazine, Melania Trump says Barron likes building towering structures from Legos and Magna-Tiles. We wonder where he picked up that habit.
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2. There’s a rumor he falls on the autism spectrum
While not confirmed, media personalities wonder whether Donald Trump’s youngest son actually has autism. With the media covering his every move, Barron’s behaviors are scrutinized by experts. Of course, this rumor could just be gossipers overanalyzing a normal boy’s behavior under a microscope. Barron could also just be acting like a regular tween boy who’s embarrassed by his father.
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3. He’s the first son in the White House since JFK Jr.
It seems strange when you think about it. All the children who actually lived in the White House for the last 50 years have been daughters. The Nixons, Johnsons, Clintons, Bushes, and Obamas all had daughters. As for Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, their sons were already grown when they stepped into the Oval Office. Barron Trump brings back traditional family roots to the White House.
Next: The timing of his birth created an awkward family dynamic.
4. He’s an uncle
Born in 2006, Barron Trump is 29 years younger than his oldest sibling, Donald Trump, Jr. That makes him closer in age to his nieces and nephews, including Ivanka Trump’s daughter, Arabella Rose Kushner.
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5. His nickname is ‘Little Donald’
No, “Little Donald” is not another excerpt from the infamous Billy Bush conversation. It’s actually the nickname for Barron Trump. According to Melania Trump, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Of her and Donald’s son together, she said, “He is a very strong-minded, very special, smart boy. He is independent and opinionated and knows exactly what he wants. Sometimes I call him ‘Little Donald.’”
Next: Barron’s developed an impressive skill.
6. He is bilingual
For all of his father’s talk about immigration, let’s not forget his own son is also the son of an immigrant. Staying true to his roots, young Barron Trump is fluent in his mother’s native Slovenian, which he uses with Melania Trump’s family (his grandparents), who live in New York.
Next: His nightly routine includes one luxurious detail.
7. His mother makes him use her line of skin care products
After his nightly shower, Melania Trump covers Barron “from head to toe” in her own brand’s moisturizer, Caviar Complex C6. “It smells very, very fresh. … He likes it!” she told ABC News.
Whether the 11-year-old actually likes his mother covering him in moisturizer has yet to be confirmed. If not, at least he’ll be miserable without burdensome dry skin.
Next: Barron’s education sets him up for success.
8. He traded one prestigious school for another
Sparing no expense on education, the Trumps sent their youngest to New York’s prestigious Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. The school’s impressive alumni include Moby Dick writer Herman Melville, as well as actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ally Sheedy. The tuition is also close to $40,000 per year. But don’t worry, with Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan putting more money into the pockets of top-earners, the first family will still be able to afford it.
Given that Barron is now living in Washington, he attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. The school’s tuition is also about $40,000 per year and has a mission to “know and inspire each student in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service.”
Next: Not every little kid gets this kind of privacy.
9. He has his own floor in the Manhattan penthouse
While the New York real estate market has a brutal reputation, Barron Trump had a living space most New Yorkers could only have in their dreams. Melania Trump told Parenting magazine the boy lived on an entire floor of the family’s Manhattan penthouse. He was also in charge of decorating it, which means when he was younger, he drew on the walls, and they just painted over them.
But now Melania and Barron live in the White House. It’s unclear whether he’ll enjoy the same amount of living space in Washington as he did in Manhattan.
Next: His parents give him a certain artistic freedom.
10. He decorated his own room
Ten-year-olds tend to appreciate things like airplanes, helicopters, and cars, and Barron Trump is no different — except for one spot. Melania Trump said he likes these vehicle designs all over his penthouse floor. The only exception is his bed. He needs it to be “clean and white.” His tastes should match the trappings in the White House.
Next: Barron has an odd choice of clothing for his age.
11. He prefers suits to sweats
For an 11-year-old, the stark opposite of liking airplanes is liking business attire. However, with his genes for business and his admiration for his dad, Barron Trump actually prefers wearing suits over sweatpants.
“He’s not a sweatpants child,” Melania Trump told ABC News in 2013. “He doesn’t mind putting on [a suit] — but not every day — and he likes to dress up in a tie sometimes like [his] daddy.”
Next: People dream of getting the TV opportunity Barron received.
12. He’s been on Oprah
With his one-floor penthouse in Manhattan, Barron Trump already lives a more accomplished life than most people. He’s even been on Oprah twice. The first time was when he was a newborn in 2006. The most recent time was in 2011, when he appeared with the entire Trump family. We can only imagine his media appearances will grow exponentially over the next several years.
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13. He shares character traits with his father
According to Inside Edition, former butler to the Trumps, Anthony Senecal, first noticed the personality similarities when Barron Trump was just a few years old. Apparently, the toddler picked up his father’s style of hobnobbing and had quick power talks with the help.
Senecal describes one encounter when Barron Trump was around two years old. The butler came in to serve breakfast, when suddenly Barron Trump looked up at him from his highchair and said, “Tony! Sit down! We need to talk!”
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14. He loves golfing
It’s natural for growing children to love sports, but Barron’s favorite is the sport of business: golf. Spending time on the green fields is he and his father’s No. 1 bonding activity, and Barron understands the sport’s significance for business more than recreation.
Next: Barron gets meals from his mom like a normal kid.
15. His mother cooks for him
Admitting she is a “full-time mom” and that motherhood is her “first job,” Melania Trump seems to be the doting mother type. She cooks his meals, packs his lunches, and escorts him to and from school. Considering she could easily hire someone, it’s kind of nice that she still chooses to do these things for her son.