A viral photograph of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s youngest and tallest son, Barron, is authentic.

Context

While this photograph went viral on Twitter after Father’s Day in June 2022, it was actually taken more than a year earlier, on Mother’s Day in May 2021.

Fact Check

On Father’s Day in June 2022, a photograph of Barron Trump, the youngest son of former U.S. President Donald Trump, was widely circulated on social media, eliciting many comments about the 16-year-old’s height:

This is a genuine photo of the youngest member of Donald Trump’s immediate family. However, the photo wasn’t recent when it made its big splash on social media. Though it went viral on Father’s Day in June 2022, the picture was actually taken at a Mother’s Day celebration in May 2021.

The Daily Mail reported: “Donald Trump was on Sunday pictured jetting off to spend summer in New Jersey after earlier celebrating Mother’s Day at Mar-a-Lago by enjoying a final Florida brunch with son Barron and wife Melania.”

While we’re not certain who took the viral photograph, the earliest posting of the picture we could find came from a May 10, 2021 Twitter post by @Tianshuihanyan, a conservative Chinese news media account.

Sylvia Miami, a woman who writes for a QAnon conspiracy theory website, also attended this event and captured a few additional images of Barron.

Former President Trump is reportedly 6 feet, 3 inches tall and former first lady Melania Trump is reportedly 5 feet, 11 inches. According to the New York Post, their son Barron stood at about 6 feet, 7 inches tall, as of July 2021.

He’s the new Trump tower.

Teenage former first son Barron Trump was photographed in the Big Apple this week — towering over his 5-foot-11-inch mom, Melania.

The rarely photographed youngest son of former President Donald Trump is already 6 feet 7 inches tall — even though he only just turned 15.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Former U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump leave Trump Tower in Manhattan on July 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Sources:

“Newest Trump Tower: Barron Shows off His 6-Foot-7 Height in NYC.” New York Post, 8 July 2021, https://nypost.com/2021/07/08/barron-trump-shows-off-his-6-foot-7-height-in-nyc/.

Fruen, Lauren. “Donald Trump Jets out of Florida to Spend the Summer in New Jersey.” Mail Online, 10 May 2021, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9560663/Melania-Trump-wears-polka-dots-celebrate-Mothers-Day-Mar-Lago-Barron-Donald.html.

“Trump Leaving for New Jersey after Mar-a-Lago Mother’s Day Brunch: Report.” New York Post, 7 May 2021, https://nypost.com/2021/05/06/trump-heading-to-new-jersey-after-mothers-day-at-mar-a-lago-report/.