Trump to Attend Fundraiser on Day of Barron’s Graduation

( – President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech this month on the same day that his son, Barron Trump, graduates high school, for which the former president requested time off from court in order to attend.

Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the ongoing hush money trial against Trump in New York, announced on Tuesday, April 30, that the court would not sit on Friday, May 17, so the former president could attend his youngest son’s graduation ceremony. Despite the exception, it was later discovered that Trump was due to speak at a GOP event in Minnesota on the same day.

The former president has had to weave his campaign and other plans around his ongoing trial in Manhattan. Trump faces 34 felony counts in the hush money trial, including for allegedly falsifying business records to cover up an affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who recently took the stand.

Trump complained on Truth Social about possibly having to miss his son’s graduation, and at the beginning of the trial, he requested Merchan give him the day off, but the judge would not decide that until the proceedings were well underway. Merchan eventually made the call for the court not to sit for that specific day.

The graduation ceremony will be held in mid-morning in West Palm Beach, Florida. On the same day, the former president will have to travel to St. Paul’s RiverCentre in Minnesota where he is supposed to host the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner for the state’s Republican Party. Although questions have arisen about possibly being double-booked, the 77-year-old former president does have a private jet. It’s not clear how long the graduation ceremony will last, but it seems likely Trump will be able to fit both events in, albeit on a very tight schedule.

David Hann, chairman of the Minnesota GOP, said they are “thrilled to welcome” Trump back to the state to headline the annual dinner, a tradition he said reminds the party of its roots and most impactful leaders promoting its “American values.”

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