Barron Trump to step into the political arena as a Florida delegate at the Republican Convention

May 9, 2024

It soon will be Barron Trump’s time to step into the political spotlight, reports NBC News.

Trump, former President Donald Trump’s youngest child—who will graduate from high school next week and has largely been kept out of the political spotlight—was picked by the Republican Party of Florida on Wednesday night, May 8, to be one of the state’s at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention, according to a list of delegates obtained by NBC News.

“We have a great delegation of grassroots leaders, elected officials, and even Trump family members,” Florida GOP chairman Evan Power said. “Florida is continuing to have a great convention team, but more importantly we are preparing to win Florida and win it big.”

Barron Trump’s position as a delegate will be his highest-profile political role thus far.In a family full of politically involved children, Barron Trump, who turned 18 in March, has retained much more of a private life than his older brothers, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.—both of whom will also be Florida at-large RNC delegates, along with Trump’s daughter Tiffany.

He was pulled into political headlines last month at the start of his father’s New York criminal trial related to hush-money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.

The former president’s attorneys argued that he should be allowed a break from trial to attend Barron Trump’s May 17 high school graduation, which Judge Juan Merchan agreed to allow.

A Trump campaign spokesman did not reply to a request for comment.

The Trump family will have an outsize impact on Florida’s RNC delegation.

Eric Trump, the delegation’s chairman, joined Power, the state GOP chairman, on a phone call with party leaders Wednesday night.

Donald Trump has won the state twice, including by more than 3 percentage points during his 2020 failed re-election bid, and the state party has largely lined up behind his presidential bid this year even before he has been formally nominated.

Beyond Trump family members, the Florida GOP approved several of the former president’s top supporters as RNC at-large delegates. Others include Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancée; Michael Boulous, Tiffany Trump’s husband; former state Attorney General Pam Bondi, a longtime Trump ally who has run pro-Trump super PACs; longtime Trump adviser Sergio Gor; former Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter, a prominent Trump donor; and a series of state-level Republican politicians who took the risk of endorsing Trump over former candidate Governor Ron DeSantis.

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Editor’s note: According to a report by The Daily BeastBarron Trump will no longer be serving as a delegate for his father at the Republican National Convention, his mother’s office announced late Friday, May 11.  “While Barron is honored to have been chosen as a delegate by the Florida Republican Party, he regretfully declines to participate due to prior commitments,” the statement from Melania Trump’s office said.