Melania Trump has confirmed she and son Barron will join husband, President Donald Trump, in the White House this June.
The White House hadn’t planned to make the announcement until the end of the American school year next month, however after rumours began circulating at the school which Barron Trump will attend, both the school and the White House were forced to confirm the move.
Barron, 11, is finishing 5th grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York, near their current Manhatten residence. He will now attend St Andrew’s Episcopal school near Washington, in Maryland for 6th grade.
Still, this didn’t stop speculation that the First Family would remain in the family’s penthouse apartment at Trump Tower in New York. Nor did it stop a petition being circulated demanding Melania and Barron move into the White House or pay for their own Secret Service security costs in New York which were reported to be around $196,000 AUD per day.
The First Lady now has released a statement saying Barron will attend St Andrew’s Episcopal in Maryland, a 30 minute drive from the White House, speaking glowingly of her son’s new school.
“The mission of St Andrew’s is ‘to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service’, all of which appealed to our family. We look forward to the coming school years at St Andrew’s.”
The school costs approximately $53,000 AUD per term, according to the school website.
Barron Trump will be the first son to live in the White House since John F Kennedy’s presidency from 1961-1963.
The Washington Post reports the White House were trying to delay the announcement out of concerns Barron’s new school would be come a target by anti-Trump protestors.
However rumours began circulating at the school, forcing them to release a letter to existing student families, confirming they’d be joined by a presidential child in the new school year.
The letter send by St Andrew’s school on May 15, 2017, began by saying, “With consent from the family, we write to confirm that Barron will be a member of the Class of 2024.”
It also said, “As we came to know Barron through the admission process, it became clear that he, like all of our newly enrolled students, will be a great addition to St Andrews.”
The letter, republished by the Washington Post, went on to explain that school leaders are working directly with the Secret Service to ensure Barron’s attendance at the school would cause minimal disruption to day-to-day life for other students.
“We are committed to maintaining the positive feel, flow, and safety of our campuses.”
The letter ended thanking families for their support of all children at St Andrews and was signed by Robert Kosasky, Head of School and Rodney Glasgow, Head of Middle School and Chief Diversity Officer at the school.