HPresident-elect Trump’s son, Barron, was noticeably absent from the Inaugural Concert in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon, and it didn’t take long for Twitter to notice. Although Trump’s other children and several of his grandchildren were present at the Lincoln Memorial for the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, Barron was not sitting in the section reserved for Trump and his family.
Where is Barron Trump? Did he travel to Washington, D.C., for the inaugural festivities or did he stay at the Trump Tower in New York City with a caretaker? Here’s the latest on Barron including a new video of Trump’s youngest son with his family.
According to Fox News, president-elect and his wife, Melania, arrived at the concert shortly before 5 p.m. ET on Thursday and sat next to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner. Trump’s other daughter, Tiffany, as well as sons, Eric and Donald, Jr., sat behind their father along with several of his grandchildren.
Moments after Trump arrived at the Trump Inaugural Concert, “Where is Barron?” became the question of the hour on Twitter. The concert was broadcast on most major news networks and live streamed online so it was easy for just about anyone to catch a glimpse at the future first family enjoying the show — and 10-year-old Barron was noticeably absent.
From rumors about autism that were sparked by a video that Variety reports Rosie O’Donnell tweeted about Trump’s son, to general questions about the boy’s well-being, Twitter was full of speculation about young Barron Trump.
I wonder if they're keeping Barron Trump out of sight because of the Autism rumors #trumpinauguration
— Jas (@jas_samuels) January 19, 2017
TMZ reports that Barron was scheduled to accompany his mother and father to D.C., and would stay for only “two days” because he had to get back to school after inauguration weekend. Barron was spotted walking off the plane with several family members (video below) before his parents made their way down the stairs and onto the tarmac. However, he was not present at the concert with Trump’s other children and several of his young grandchildren.
According to USA Today, in addition to Barron not making an appearance at the concert, he was not present for his father’s first stop at Arlington National Cemetery for an inaugural tradition — the laying of a wreath to honor the nation’s fallen soldiers.
President Trump stands at attention & offers a proper Miltary Salute to the men in uniform serving our country! FINALLY, Respect is back! ???????? pic.twitter.com/580nauUwfd
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) January 19, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Where is Barron Trump? Why is he missing? School Finals?
— Nirvana68 (@scottsdalem) January 19, 2017
okay people let's stay focused on the things that matter like how is Barron Trump doing? is he okay?
— nice millennial girl (@zen_gwen) January 9, 2017
We finally get to see Melania but now..where's Barron?!
— matilda (@matilda2day) January 19, 2017
According to the New York Post, President-elect Donald Trump confirmed shortly after the election that Barron and his wife would continue to live at their Trump Tower residence in New York City after he is officially sworn in as president.
A spokesman for the Trump transition team stated that the campaign was “difficult for Barron” and there was “sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year,” so the family decided that he would stay in NYC until at least the end of the school year.
Donald and Melania Trump Inaugural Concert Photo credit AP Photo/Evan Vucci pic.twitter.com/cw91ijliVu
— Traditional American (@RightWingAngel) January 19, 2017
According to the New York Times, the president-elect has a hectic schedule on Friday, so it’s understandable that Barron may not be part of all of the festivities. However, he is expected to be present when his father, Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at noon on Friday, January 20.
Trump is scheduled to have coffee with President Obama in the morning and they will then travel together to the noon swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. Chief Justice John G. Roberts will reportedly administer the oath of office and Trump will then deliver his first speech as the 45th president of the United States.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 19, 2017
Whether President-elect Trump or his wife, Melania, will answer the “where’s Barron” question or ignore it, it’s clear that their son’s whereabouts will be questioned not just now, but throughout his father’s presidency.
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