WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump walk across the South Lawn before leaving the White House on board Marine One November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to Florida for a campaign rally and is scheduled to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at his private Mar-a-Lago Club. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Donald Trump Tried To Change Son Barron Trump's Name At The Last Minute
Lifestyle News
By Shana Aborn
In 2006, when Barron Trump was just two months old, Donald and Melania Trump gave a short interview to Gayle King for "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
"I love the name Barron," King said at the time. "Where did that come from?" Donald replied: "It's a name I've always loved, but never had the courage to use."
Apparently, the former president's hesitance stemmed from the fact that Donald had already used the name, in a way, in the past.
In 2016, The Washington Post ran an exposé revealing that for years, the then-presidential candidate frequently posed as his own PR agent, using the pseudonym "John Barron."
This allowed Donald to control his own narrative in the press, to a certain extent, on topics such as his divorce from his first wife, Ivana Trump, without seeming too obvious.
When it came to naming his child, Donald may have realized it would sound too suspicious to give the baby the same name as his supposed spokesman.
But, Melania refused to change it. In the Gayle King interview, Donald recalled, "She said, 'You can't take it away! I've been calling him Barron since he's been in my stomach.'"
The expectant mother's instincts evidently won out, and Barron William was the name the Trumps ultimately put on their child's birth certificate.