Former US President Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and their son Barron leave St. Vincent Ferrer Church during the funeral of Ivana Trump, socialite and Trump’s first wife, in New York City, US, July 20, 2022.

Barron Trump has declined Florida’s offer to serve as a Republican National Convention delegate.Florida Republicans had chosen Barron to nominate his father, Donald Trump, at the RNC.Other Trump children, including Eric and Tiffany, will be delegates.

Barron Trump, 18, has declined Florida’s invitation to serve as a delegate at the Republican National Convention (RNC) this summer, Melania Trump’s office confirmed to the Daily Mail.

Florida Republicans had selected Barron Trump as a delegate to the RNC in Milwaukee this July, where he would have nominated his father as the presidential nominee.

The former first lady’s office expressed her son’s regret at not being able to participate in the convention due to undisclosed prior engagements. 

Melania Trump sits in the front row with her son, Barron Trump, and her mother, Amalija Knavs, as Donald Trump announces that he will once again run for president in the 2024 US presidential election during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, November 15, 2022.

“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,” a spokeswoman for Melania Trump said in a statement first reported by the Daily Mail.

Other members of the Trump family, including Don Jr., Eric, Tiffany, and their partners, are delegates for the state of Florida.

Donald and Melania Trump moved their primary residence to Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2019.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, had senior roles in the previousTrump administration, are notably absent from the RNC delegation.

The Trump family connection at the RNC doesn’t stop at Florida delegates. Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, was elected co-chair of the RNC in February this year.

Lara Trump, married to Donald Trump’s son Eric, was endorsed by her father-in-law before her election and vowed to prioritize the “number one and the only job of the RNC — that is electing Donald J. Trump as president of the United States and saving this country.”

Barron’s family has protected his privacy. He is rarely seen at official White House events and often travels separately from his parents. 

The young Trump’s upcoming graduation from high school and the process of selecting a college amid campus protests have taken precedence in his decision-making process. 

As he graduates from Oxbridge Academy in suburban West Palm Beach, Barron’s role in shaping the Trump dynasty’s political narrative remains to be seen, but the Republican presidential candidate trusts his son’s advice.

“He is a smart one,” Trump said of his youngest, per The Hill.

Donald Trump is getting a day off from his hush-money criminal trial to attend Barron’s graduation ceremony.

Melania Trump has been largely absent from her husband’s campaign trail and his hush-money criminal trial in New York.

She made a rare public appearance as a guest of honor at a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT+ political faction, at Mar-a-Lago last month.

Business Insider contacted Melania Trump’s office for comment.

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