The First Family released a Christmas card via the GOP’s Twitter on Monday, Dec. 11, and fans couldn’t help but notice the POTUS and First Lady’s young son, Barron, is missing from the photo! “Have you signed the First Family’s Christmas card yet?” the photo’s caption read. Um, no we haven’t quite yet considering poor Barron wasn’t included!
— GOP (@GOP) December 11, 2017
“I’d love to see Barron in the first family Christmas card,” one confused follower wrote. Another added, “Ummm, I believe the First Family Christmas card should include Barron, no?” And of course, there was so sarcasm involved. “So nice of them to include Barron in the family Christmas card,” a fan quipped.
However, many suggested the family excluded him to maintain his privacy, which is totally understandable. Back in January, the White House asked for privacy for the 11-year-old boy following the unfortunate online bullying situation after the inauguration.
“It is a longstanding tradition that the children of Presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight,” the statement from the Office of the Press Secretary read. “The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.” Throughout the election, Barron very rarely attended campaign events with his parents. He then made headlines after photos of him falling asleep surfaced the internet the night Donald won the presidency.
Many people can understand the family’s choice to keep Barron out of the spotlight, including Chelsea Clinton, whose mother lost to Donald last year. “It’s high time the media and everyone leave Barron Trump alone and let him have the private childhood he deserves,” Chelsea, who knows what it’s like being the child of a president, wrote in September. After the inauguration, she shared, “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids.”
Even though Barron didn’t make the card this year (we’re sure he will as he gets older!), we’re wishing him and the rest of the family a very happy holiday!