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“This is the first time he’s done this”

Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron Trump, received a standing ovation at his father’s rally in Florida on Tuesday, in what the former president suggested was the teenager’s debut on the campaign trail.

Barron, 18, turned and waved to the crowd of Trump supporters at his father’s golf course in Doral as the former president praised him for his intelligence, his demeanor and his growing popularity.

“He’s a young man. He just turned 18. Oh, look at this!” the 78-year-old former president said, pausing as the crowd’s applause intensified.

Barron Trump, son of former President Donald Trump, gives a thumbs up at a campaign rally at Trump’s golf resort in Doral, Florida, July 9, 2024. REUTERS

“He’s a very young man who is now going to college, he got into all the colleges he wanted to and he made his choice,” Trump continued. “He’s a very good guy.”

“This is your first time doing this, Barron… stand up,” Trump said as his teenage son stood and saluted the crowd with a clenched fist.

“It’s the first time he’s done it. It’s the first time, right? You’re pretty popular. You might be more popular than Don and Eric, we need to talk about that,” the former president said, referring to his two other sons, who addressed the crowd before their father’s arrival.

“Welcome to the scene, Barron,” the former commander in chief said, before commenting that Barron “had such a nice, easy life; now it’s changed a little bit.”

Former President Trump attends a campaign rally at his golf course in Doral, Florida, on July 9, 2024. REUTERS
Barron, 18, turned and waved to the crowd of Trump supporters at his father’s golf course in Doral as the former president praised him for his intelligence, his demeanor and his growing popularity. AP

Barron was recently seen riding in a golf cart with his father in a leaked video showing the former president criticizing President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the days following the June 27 debate.

In May, the 18-year-old was asked to be a Florida delegate to the Republican National Convention, but he declined the request.

Barron, who at 6’4″ is much taller than his father, has largely stayed out of the political fray.

The Trump family has not announced which college Barron will attend in the fall.