First lady Melania Trump posted a personal essay on the White House website detailing her experience battling Covid-19, which she tested positive for approximately two weeks ago. The first lady also revealed that her son, Barron Trump, 14, who the White House publicly confirmed at the time had tested negative, eventually tested positive for the virus, a diagnosis the White House did not share.
She has now tested negative for the virus, as has her husband, President Donald Trump, according to his doctors.
"Naturally, my mind went immediately to our son," she wrote. Barron Trump initially tested negative after she and the President contracted Covid. But the teenager was tested again and turned up positive. Trump says her son had "no symptoms," and has now tested negative.
The President told reporters on Wednesday that Barron is doing "fine" when asked how his son was doing in the wake of Melania Trump's essay. He later called Barron "beautiful" and "free" at a campaign rally in Iowa on Wednesday evening.
Barron, the President said, "had it for such a short period of time."
"I don't even think he knew he had it, because they're young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off. 99.9%. And Barron is beautiful and he's free," he continued.
As for her symptoms, the first lady wrote they were "minimal, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after."
She said she had body aches, cough, headaches and was extremely tired.
Unlike her husband, Melania Trump did not go to the hospital for treatment, and remained sequestered at the White House residence, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN.
Similarly, Trump writes she did not opt for the same course of treatment as the President, she says she "chose a more natural route," relying on "vitamins and healthy food," and not a cocktail of medications.
Though the first lady taped a couple of PSAs about mask-wearing while her husband was still flouting their use, she has also made high-profile appearances without them -- including the first presidential debate. She also gave a Rose Garden speech filled with an audience during the Republican National Convention.
The first lady was also mask-less at the Rose Garden more recently, at the ceremony to announce Trump's new Supreme Court justice nominee, an event that has since been labeled by Dr. Anthony Fauci as a possible "super spreader" of Covid-19.
On solo events, including a trip last month to New Hampshire, her first travel since the onset of the pandemic, the first lady did wear a mask, except when boarding and exiting her government aircraft.
Since the first couple's diagnosis, the executive residence staff have taken precautions to protect themselves and others, including wearing masks and personal protective equipment, according to a release from the first lady's office.
The President has shown little concern about spreading the virus, however, traveling in recent days to speak before crowds of thousands, and has baselessly claimed he is now "immune" to the virus. He has also shown little empathy for others who have fallen ill or have lost family and friends to Covid-19, opting instead to mock those -- particularly his rival, Joe Biden -- who wear masks and practice social distancing among other CDC and public health guidelines.
This story has been updated with additional comments from President Donald Trump.
Who Is Barron Trump?
Barron William Trump is the son of former model Melania Trump and U.S. President and real estate mogul Donald Trump. Barron is the couple’s only child and the only one of the president’s offspring residing with him in the White House. His mother, Melania, told ABC News that the youngest Trump likes wearing a suit every day — he is "not a sweatpants child." Also, like his famous father, he enjoys golfing a lot.
Barron William Trump was born on March 20, 2006, in New York City. Having grown up inside of Trump Tower in New York City, where he has an entire floor to himself, Barron has always known a life of luxury. In an interview with Parenting, Melania revealed that Barron really liked planes and helicopters when he was little and that, as a hands-on mom, she cooked his breakfast and prepared his lunches. She also believed in encouraging his creativity — even when he would draw on the walls. “His imagination is growing and important,” she said. “If he draws on the walls in his playroom, we can paint it over.”
Life at the White House
Barron and Melania stayed at Trump Tower for almost the first five months of Donald Trump's presidency, so that Barron could finish his studies at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School on the Upper West Side. He and his mom moved into the White House on June 11, 2017, and he now attends St. Andrew's Episcopal, a prep school in Maryland.
Barron is the first son of a president to reside in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1963. Although he stays out of the spotlight for the most part, he has turned up for some of the White House’s fun holiday-themed events in 2017, including the annual Easter Egg Roll in April, where he joined his parents in signing cards for members of the American Armed Forces. He also supported his father’s pardoning of the turkeys before Thanksgiving and soon after, stepped out with his mom on the North Portico to receive the official Christmas tree from Wisconsin, which went up on display in the White House's Blue Room.
Nicknamed 'Little Donald'
“He is a mixture of us in looks, but his personality is why I call him 'Little Donald,'” Melania told Parenting. “He is a very strong-minded, very special, smart boy. He is independent and opinionated and knows exactly what he wants.”
She also noted that Barron has spent a lot quality time with his father, mostly at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where they would play golf, eat dinner together, and enjoy family time.
Skills and Interests
Thanks to his Slovenian mom, Barron is already fluent in both English and Slovene and is also learning French.
Though he’s a long way off from officially joining the family’s real estate business, Barron does like to build cities and airports using Legos and Magna Tiles, but he has his own aesthetic. "He likes clean and white," Melania told Parenting. “He builds big projects. He has a big imagination and it’s very impressive. He loves to build something and tear it down and build something else. He is very detailed at drawing. We travel often and he remembers everything he sees.”
As the youngest of the president’s five children, Barron has four half-siblings: Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric, as well as his older half-sister, Tiffany, from Trump's marriage to Marla Maples. He has six nephews — Theodore James Kushner, Donald Trump III, Joseph Frederick Kushner, Tristan Milos Trump, Spencer Frederick Trump and Eric Luke Trump — and four nieces — Arabella Rose Kushner, Chloe Sophia Trump, Carolina Dorothy and Kai Madison Trump, who is just one year his junior.
On October 14, 2020, Melania confirmed that like her and Donald, Barron tested positive for COVID-19. Initially testing negative, the first lady revealed that her "fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive." Melana continued, "Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together. He has since tested negative."