KEY POINTS

  • Melania Trump's son allegedly suffers from autism
  • Barron Trump is reportedly showing signs that he falls on the autism spectrum
  • Rosie O'Donnell thinks Barron Trump has autism 

Melania Trump’s son, Barron Trump, has been sparking speculations that he falls on the autism spectrum.

In an article he penned for the Santa Monica Observer, journalist Samuel Alioto described the 13-year-old as fidgety and socially awkward. He also observed how Barron refuses to speak or shake hands. This, according to Alioto, are obvious signs that the FLOTUS’ son may be autistic.

Studies have also shown that children who are born to much older parents are more likely to fall on the autism spectrum. The POTUS was already 60 years old when his youngest child was born.

In the past, President Trump has also shared his thoughts regarding the connection between vaccines and autism. Rumors swirled that the president was talking about his own son at that time.

“Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control. I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time,” he said.

Actress Rossie O’Donnell previously wondered if Barron is autistic. On Twitter, she said that the teenager’s diagnosis could bring attention to the autism epidemic.

When the FLOTUS saw O’Donnell’s controversial tweet, the first lady accused the actress of bullying her then 10-year-old son. She then threatened to sue O’Donnell.

But before this even happened, the actress already deleted her tweet, and she also apologized to Melania, President Trump, and Barron. O’Donnell added that her observations came after her own daughter was diagnosed with autism.

“I apologize to Melania Trump – I was insensitive in my RT – I am sorry for the pain I caused – it was not my intent – I am truly sorry,” O’Donnell tweeted.

As of late, the FLOTUS and the POTUS have not yet confirmed or denied whether their son really falls on the autism spectrum. But during a 2016 interview with George Stephanopoulos, the first lady said that she wants to keep Barron out of the spotlight.