What We Know About Barron And Eric Trump's Relationship

Being a teenager is tough enough. Being a teenager whose father is Donald Trump has got to be even tougher. Combine those two with your dad being president and having to grow up in the White House in the public spotlight, and you're looking at a teen angst trifecta. You'd think all the Trump kids would stick together and support each other. They may be a combination of full and half-siblings, but they're all family and share the same father.

However, it seems like Tiffany Trump's an afterthought, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump are the main show, and Barron's out on his own. The vast age differences probably don't help. Per Business Insider, Barron was 10 when Donald became POTUS, while Don Jr. was 39, Ivanka was 35, and Eric was 32. Still, Barron and Don Jr.'s relationship appears to be at least semi-existent. They were fist-bumping at the 2016 RNC, and Don Jr. attacked Peter Fonda over an off-color tweet (via The AP) regarding Barron. Don Jr. accused Fonda of being "a bully and a coward" and seemingly suggested a fight after Fonda wrote that Melania Trump's son should be "put in a cage with pedophiles." 

Barron's relationship with Ivanka also seems half-decent. She defended her little bro after he was attacked by social media fashion police. "He's a young boy trying his best to acclimate in a surreal environment," Ivanka told Dr. Oz (via People). However, Barron and Eric Trump's relationship appears to be totally non-existent.

Eric Trump seems to keep his distance from Barron

After Barron Trump appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2010, Ivanka Trump raved. "Isn't Barron adorable!! He's got a great golf swing too!" She tweeted. Don Jr. Trump has stood up for Barron, but he's also used him as a political pawn. "In all fairness, Joe Biden is not capable of debating Barron Trump, let alone Donald Trump," he tweeted. Meanwhile, Tiffany Trump is all about love. "Happy 14th birthday to the best 'little' brother I could ever ask for! You mean so much to me, Barron. I wish you all the happiness in the world! Love you," she captioned a pic of Don Jr. semi-strangling Barron in a headlock while his siblings pose and smile. But Eric Trump and Barron's relationship? Crickets.

The documentary "Unprecedented" (via Insider) claims Donald pitted his three oldest children against each other. Ivanka's always been the favorite, so Don Jr. and Eric were left vying for their dad's attention. During a Reddit AMA session (via Insider), filmmaker Alex Holder claimed Eric was the least like his father and appeared "scared" of Don Jr. 

However, Eric always managed to come first in the height stakes until Barron stole that from him, as their dad gleefully pointed out. "Barron is 6-foot-7, can you believe it? And he's 15," the ex-POTUS said during a GOP event. "Eric is short — he's only 6-foot-6." So is it sibling rivalry, or is there more to Barron and Eric's apparent lack of relationship?

The birth of Tiffany and Barron Trump resulted in less inheritance for their three half-siblings

There can often be conflict and jealousy between half-siblings. Donald Trump's three oldest children, from Ivana Trump, maintain a close and tight bond — albeit competitive and rivalrous. And despite their contentious and nasty divorce, Donald and their mom managed to form a mutually respectful friendship that they maintained until Ivana tragically died in July 2022. Marla Maples? Not so much.

Per Vanity Fair, when Donald married Marla in 1993, she'd already given birth to Tiffany Trump. In their prenup, Donald agreed to $100,000 a year in child support until Tiffany was 21. Donald also renegotiated the settlement with Ivana to protect his money if Maples challenged their prenup, indicating a lack of faith and trust in the marriage. He gifted Ivana their mansion in Greenwich and paid her $650,000 in child support for Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump.

Tiffany was already playing second fiddle before she could even walk, and things would only worsen. In an interview with Howard Stern (via Newsweek), shortly after he married Melania Trump, Donald admitted each time he had a new child, it resulted in 20% less inheritance for the others. Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric weren't happy when Tiffany was born, and they'd even attempted to "bump her off" from inheriting anything. So, you can imagine their joy when Barron arrived. "Well, you know, it does cut up the pie as you keep producing," Donald said.

Melania reportedly negotiated a substantial financial deal for Barron

Money is clearly a core value and driving force of the Trump family. "How can you say you love us? You don't love us! You don't even love yourself. You just love your money," a 12-year-old Don Jr. Trump once told his father, according to Vanity Fair. However, the Trump kids all grew to love the Benjamins just as much as their dad. Celebrity Net Worth reports that Donald Trump allegedly has a $2 billion fortune, Don Jr. and Eric Trump both have $300 million, Ivanka Trump $800 million, and Tiffany Trump $10 million.

In the documentary "Unprecedented," it's clearly evident that Ivanka and Don Jr. are the power players among the siblings. Time notes, "woefully absent from competition? Eric, Tiffany, and Barron." In her book "The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump" (via The Washington Post), Mary Jordan claims Melania's reticence to move to the White House after Donald won the election was tactical.

The author alleges that FLOTUS used the situation to renegotiate her and Donald's prenup. "She wanted proof in writing that when it came to financial opportunities and inheritance, Barron would be treated as more of an equal to Trump's oldest three children," Jordan claims. Given their passion for payola, they must have had their noses seriously put out of joint after Barron was served a big fat slice of Trump empire pie.