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Melania Trump reveals her son Barron, 18, withdrew from being a delegate for his father’s presidential nomination because he has ‘prior commitments’

Barron Trump declined Florida’s offer to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention this summer, citing “prior commitments,” according to his mother’s office.

Melania Trump’s office issued a statement to DailyMail.com on behalf of her son.

“While Barron is honored to have been selected as a delegate by the Republican Party of Florida, he is unfortunately declining to participate due to prior commitments,” Melania Trump’s office said.

No further details were given.

Melania Trump reveals her son Barron, 18, withdrew from being a delegate for his father’s presidential nomination because he has ‘prior commitments’

“While Barron is honored to have been selected as a delegate by the Republican Party of Florida, he is unfortunately declining to participate due to prior commitments,” Melania Trump’s office told DailyMail.com.

On Wednesday, Barron, 18, was elected general delegate to help officially name his father Donald Trump like the republican presidential candidate.

It is now unclear whether he will attend the convention, which will take place in Milwaukee from Monday, July 15 to Thursday, July 18.

Other family members – Don Jr. and his fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and her husband Michael Boulos – are also traveling delegates for the state of Florida.

Ivanka Trump, who was a senior adviser in her father’s White House, was the only Trump child not on the delegate list.

Unlike his half-siblings, Barron Trump was rarely seen during his father’s years in the White House, mainly at the request of his mother Melania, who was known to be protective of her son.

Previously, Barron was the target of trolls on social media.

Former NBC News executive Mike Sington said Barron was “fair game” on his 18th birthday, the birthday that marks adulthood. He later deleted the tweet after facing heavy backlash and criticism online.

The younger Trump has been defended by several of his former first children, including Chelsea Clinton.

“I think he’s a private citizen,” she told ABC’s The View. “I believe that if you are a private citizen, you have an unquestionable right to privacy, and I think the media should leave that alone.”

Friday’s shock announcement comes after Donald Trump revealed that Barron loved politics and enjoyed giving advice to his father.

“He is truly an excellent student. And he likes politics. It’s kind of funny,” the former president told “Kayal and Company” on Philadelphia’s Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

“He tells me sometimes, ‘Dad, this is what you have to do,’” he added.

Trump also revealed that the 18-year-old, who will graduate from high school next week, was considering which college he might attend. But, he noted, campus protests were a factor in the decision.

“He is now a senior in high school and will be going to college. And you know, a lot of these college choices are changing because you see what happened last month,” Trump said.

Trump has criticized pro-Palestinian protests that have taken place on college campuses across the country. He told Time magazine he would call in the National Guard.

Barron is considering NYU, the Daily Beast reported, but the school has seen its share of protesters and arrests by the NYPD. The Trump family has made no announcement about Barron’s whereabouts.

The former president also complimented his 6-foot-7 son’s looks.

“He’s a little big. I’ll tell you, he’s big, but he’s a good-looking guy,” Trump said.

“He likes politics.  It's quite funny

“He likes politics. It’s kind of funny,” Trump told “Kayal and Company” on Philadelphia’s Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about his son Barron.

Then-President Donald Trump, center, salutes while walking with First Lady Melania Trump, right, and her son Barron Trump on the South Lawn in November 2019.

Then-President Donald Trump, center, salutes while walking with First Lady Melania Trump, right, and her son Barron Trump on the South Lawn in November 2019.

Barron has never been in public life his half-siblings - above Don Jr., Melania, Donald, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump

Barron has never been in public life his half-siblings – above Don Jr., Melania, Donald, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump

The Florida Republican Party chose Barron on Wednesday night to join his older siblings for the event.

The only requirement to be a delegate is to live and vote in the state. Barron, who turned 18 in March, will be able to vote for the first time in the August primary and November election.

Barron will graduate from Oxbridge Academy in suburban West Palm Beach next week. This day – May 17 – will be busy for Donald Trump.

He is also expected to be the keynote speaker at the Lincoln Reagan dinner in Minnesota.

Barron’s graduation ceremony takes place in the morning, so it’s possible Trump could attend both events.

It’s unclear what his plans are after high school.

But sources told DailyMail.com that the 6ft 7in teenager, who has never spoken a word in public, is a staunch supporter of the Trump 2024 campaign behind the scenes.

Barron was present at his father’s presidential announcement in 2016 and attended the Republican National Conventions in 2016 and 2020.

He was not present at his father’s 2024 announcement at Mar-a-Lago.

Barron Trump, seen walking from Marine One in August 2020, has developed a taste for politics and will be Florida's delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Barron Trump, seen walking from Marine One in August 2020, has developed a taste for politics and will be Florida’s delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Barron Trump (center) with his mother Melania (left) and siblings Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany as Donald Trump is sworn in as president in January 2017 - he was just 10 years old when his father became president

Barron Trump (center) with his mother Melania (left) and siblings Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany as Donald Trump is sworn in as president in January 2017 – he was just 10 years old when his father became president

President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump depart Air Force One in February 2020

President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump depart Air Force One in February 2020

Barron Trump with his parents Donald and Melania on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in August 2020

Barron Trump with his parents Donald and Melania on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in August 2020

During Trump’s last two White House campaigns, Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka were heavily involved – speaking at their father’s rallies and campaigning for him. Tiffany joined her siblings in the 2020 campaign, but Barron remained out of the picture.

He was only 10 years old when his father became president.

Barron, who turned 18 last month, returned to the spotlight during Donald Trump’s secret trial, when the former president argued he should be allowed a break in the trial to attend the Barron Trump’s high school graduation on May 17.

Judge Juan Merchan agreed to allow the trial to be halted.

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