Headline RoundupMay 12th, 2024

Barron Trump Declines Invitation to Serve as RNC Delegate in Florida

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump’s son Barron has declined an invitation to serve as a delegate for Florida at the Republican National Convention in July, citing “prior commitments.” 

The Details: Florida Republicans announced Barron would serve as an at-large delegate on Wednesday, but his mother Melania’s office has since told The Daily Mail (Right bias) that he would not be participating. Other Trump family members, including Donald Jr., Eric, and Tiffany, have also been selected as delegates.

For Context: Barron, who will graduate high school this week, recently turned 18 — a prerequisite for serving as a delegate. Barron is Trump’s youngest son and has largely stayed out of the public eye during Trump’s presidency and campaigning, although the former president said he has taken an interest in politics.

Key Quotes: The statement offered to The Daily Mail read: "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.” During a radio interview on Friday, Trump said, “He does like politics. It's sort of funny. He'll tell me sometimes, 'Dad, this is what you have to do.' So anyway, he's a good guy. He's a senior now in high school, and he'll be going to college.”

How The Media Covered It: The story was widely covered across the spectrum. BBC News (Center bias) noted that Trump misstated Barron’s age as 17 during the radio interview on Friday, whereas Newsmax (Lean Right bias) and The Guardian (Lean Left bias) did not.

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