President-elect Donald J. Trump has a lot of plans for when he gets into office, but one thing he won’t be doing is moving his son, Barron Trump, to the White House, at least not yet. NY Times is reporting that Trump’s wife, Melania, will not join him at the White House until their son is finished with the school year.
Melania and Barron will live in New York until the spring semester is over. Trump revealed the news while playing golf at his course in New Jersey, saying Barron will join the rest of the family “very soon – after he’s finished with school.”
Trump fully plans to move himself into the White House in January. With the majority of his family in New York, the President will likely spend a good chunk of time at Trump Tower.
“No official statement has been released by the Trump family regarding transition timing, but like any parents, they are concerned about pulling their 10-year-old son out of school in the middle of the year,” Jason Miller, Trump’s spokesman, explained. “The same privacy and security considerations given to previous first families with regard to minor children be extended to the Trumps as well.”
Melania has not shown a lot of support in public for her husband’s bid for the presidency. She has engaged the press infrequently and did not attend big events, such as the Republican National Convention.
In addition to shying away from the media, NY Mag reports that Melania takes care of Barron on most days. Not only is she concerned about disrupting her son’s education, but she also worries about exposing the kids to the intense spotlight.
“Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign … The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to a minimum,” an inside source revealed. “Melania has not relied on nannies to raise the child and is frequently seen picking the fourth-grader up from his prep school, where tuition is north of $40,000.”
This isn’t the first time the wife of a president hesitated to move into the White House. Michelle Obama went through the same thing back in 2008 when Obama won the presidency. Michelle allegedly wanted to remain in Chicago with their two daughters but ultimately decided to make the move.
According to Education Week, Baron goes to a private school in Manhattan called the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. He is expected to remain at the school until the year is out. Steven Roy Goodman, a consultant on education in Washington, revealed that Trump’s decision regarding his son will be more personal than political.
“Just because Barron Trump is a high-profile first kid, he’s still entitled to find the educational venue — whether it’s public or private or New York or Washington—that is the right one for him,” Goodman stated. “He has the right to focus on his math homework or his English homework, or whether or not he wants to play football or soccer, or if he’s interested in American History or playing chess or any other activity.”
Of course, Barron’s status as a first kid complicates the situation. Not only will the Secret Service be tasked with keeping him safe, but the last child of a president to attend public school was back in 1977. President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, went to elementary and middle school in the District of Columbia during his term.
Since Carter, school-age children of presidents have attended exclusively private schools. Chelsea Clinton, along with Malia and Sasha Obama, all went to Sidwell Friends in Washington D.C. where tuition runs around $40,000 per year.
That being said, Trump could send a strong political message if he sends Barron to a public school. “I think that policies are more impactful when you’ve lived them and have been impacted by them,” Catherine Cushinberry, a director for Parents for Public Schools, shared. “There has to be some kind of connection. You’ve got to understand the system and its challenges. You’ve got to show some kind of investment in order to make decisions and policies that make sense for that system.”
Security remains the biggest concern for Barron’s future at a public school. Even for the Secret Service, keeping tabs on Barron without interfering with his education would be a tall order.
According to TV Over Mind, Barron is Donald and Melania’s first and only child together. Barron has four other brothers and sisters, all but one are products of Donald’s first marriage with Ivana. The President-elect also had one kid during his second marriage with Marla Maples.
At the same time, Huffington Post is reporting that Barron Trump is the first son to grace the White House since JFK Jr. in 1963. Of course, that is only if Melania decides to move Barron to the White House after Trump takes office.
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