Where's Barron? First son's absence from official White House Christmas portrait raises questions

The White House released the Trump family's first official Christmas portrait on Thursday -- capturing the president and first lady holding hands and smiling as they posed nestled between flags and Christmas trees. 

But first son Barron Trump didn't join, which raised some questions -- especially on Twitter.  Some users were direct.

"Where’s Barron?" many asked.

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Others asked if the Trump’s forgot about their son. 

"Barron didn’t make the cut?" one user wrote. Another tweeted: "Trump's e-card seems to be missing what most First Families have. The Family. Have they lost Barron?"

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks with the reporters as his son Barron waits for him while departing the White House for Palm Beach, in Washington D.C., U.S. November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
11-year-old Barron Trump waits for his Dad, President Donald Trump as he speaks to reporters, before their departure for the Thanksgiving Holiday, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. The Trumps are going to their Mar-a-Lago resort for the holiday. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump leaves the White House with First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump, as they depart for the Thanksgiving Holiday from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. The Trumps are going to their Mar-a-Lago resort for the holiday. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Barron Trump (L) looks on as his father US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during the pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on after Trump pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, during the ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
11-year-old Barron Trump, stands next to his Dad, President Donald Trump, as he speaks at the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 21, 2017. President Trump pardoned Drumstick, a 40-pound White Holland breed raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, who will live out his days at 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, their son Barron (R) and Trump's grandchildren Arabella (obscured) and Joseph walk from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Without protective glasses on, Melania Trump looks up at the solar eclipse as U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up with his son Barron at this side at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and Ivanka Trump (L) walk out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump applauds as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron (L) on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with his son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews with his wife Melania and son Barron in Maryland, U.S., August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk to the White House in Washington, U.S. following their arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., after a weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk out from the White House in Washington, U.S., before their departure to Camp David, June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and their son Barron leave the Oval Office of the White House during their departure for Bedminster, New Jersey, in Washington, DC, U.S., June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk to the White House in Washington, U.S. following their arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and their son Barron walk along the South Lawn of the White House during their departure for Bedminster, New Jersey, in Washington, DC, U.S., June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump return to the White House on November 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The first family is returning after a multi day trip to Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Obamas also released a handful of Christmas portraits that did not include their daughters, Sasha and Malia, although some photos released by the Obama White House also did include the girls. 

But the card marks the second time this week when Barron's absence has raised eyebrows. The Republican Party invited supporters to sign a Christmas card for the Trump family on Monday, in a tweet that featured a photo of the president and first lady, and all four of his children from earlier marriage -- Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany -- but no Barron.

One possible explanation? Barron is the only Trump child still under 18.  

Barron's presence in the White House has been a hot topic all year. The question "Where's Barron?" was first asked when he was conspicuously absent from certain pre-inauguration events. But all those who worried about his whereabouts were calmed by the time the actual inauguration rolled around, as the first son walked alongside his mother and father during the parade. 

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The first lady made waves when she decided to remain in New York for the first few months of the year in order to allow him to finish out the school year in Manhattan. He's attended many kid-friendly White House events, including the annual Easter Egg Roll and even stepped out with his parents to enjoy the Great American Eclipse in August.

And while he may not have made this particular Christmas portrait, Barron is expected to be featured in a father-son portrait

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US First Lady Melania Trump walks through Christmas decorations in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks through the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump throws a Christmas ornament as she makes garland with children in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump watches a ballet performance in the Cross Hall as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump watches ballerinas perform in the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump makes Christmas garland with children in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump hugs children in the East Room as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump makes garland with children in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks through Christmas decorations in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump makes Christmas decorations with children in the State Dining Room as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump watches ballerinas perform in the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump speaks with children as they make holiday decorations in the Green Room as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump speaks with children as they make holiday decorations in the Green Room as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets schoolchildren as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets schoolchildren as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump high-fives a schoolchild making Christmas crafts, as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets schoolchildren as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (bottom, R hand) makes craft projects with school children as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets school children as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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