US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have posed for an elegant Christmas portrait to be used as the White House’s Christmas card.
The couple – who chose to forgo Christmas colours in favour of all black outfits – are pictured standing under a presidential seal and flanked by two Christmas trees covered a fake snow.
But observers on Twitter have noticed that there’s one very important detail missing from the photo: their 11-year-old son Barron.
The White House's 2017 Christmas card stars President Trump and First Lady Melania. Photo: White House
“Odd that Barron isn’t in the photo, no?” one person wrote, while another said, “Trump's e-card seems to be missing what most First Families have. The Family. Have they lost Barron?”
While there was some confusion about the child’s absence, it’s by no means a presidential tradition to include the whole family on the White House’s Christmas card.
Don't they have a son?— John Krauss (@samuraipanda85) December 15, 2017
Barack Obama’s 2016 Christmas card, his last before Trump’s inauguration the following January, featured his two daughters Sasha and Malia, but not every president has done it that way.
Hilary and Bill Clinton released a Christmas card in 1993 without their daughter Chelsea, while many presidents including George W. Bush and the Obamas in 2012, used a generic Christmas photo for the card.
The Obama kids were pictured in their last Christmas card. Photo: White House
The Clintons didn't include their daughter in their 1993 Christmas card. Photo: White House
Barron’s absence is more noticeable because he was also not included in a family photo released by the Republican Party earlier this week.
That image included Trump’s older children Donald Jr, Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany, but Barron was noticeably absent.
As the only Trump child under the age of 18, Melania has stressed that she wants to protect Barron from the public eye, so she could be protecting his privacy.
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