On June 21, on the eve of Father’s Day, Food Network host John Henson made an “insensitive” tweet about 14-year-old Barron Trump. And while he was busy blowing out the fires he started with his unnecessary post, the office of First Lady Melania Trump also released a scathing statement, criticizing the comedian for making inappropriate comments about her son, who is a minor.

In the since-deleted tweet, the comedian had written targeted Barron to make a joke about Donald Trump on Father’s day in response to posts by Trump’s older children "I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his Dad is."

His tweet was met with swift backlash, as Twitter users criticized Henson for dragging a child into his tiff with the president.

One wrote: "John I take issue with your very rude comment directed to a decent young man who is loved and treasured by his parents, imagine someone saying what you said to a child of yours! Would you have made the same comment to ANY elected President? Disgraceful and shameful."

The comedian hurried on to explain that the tweet was aimed at Donald and not Barron

He wrote: "The joke was aimed at Trump and the mere mention of Barron’s name doesn’t mean it’s at his expense. Although I respect your right to take issue with it."

But Melania Trump, who rarely makes public statements, slammed Henson for his tweet by issuing a statement via her White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham, stressing that the mere fact of Barron being a minor means he is "off-limits".

“Sadly we continue to see inappropriate and insensitive comments about the President’s son,” said Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff and spokeswoman for the first lady, in a statement to The Hill.

“As with every other administration, a minor child should be off-limits and allowed to grow up with no judgment or hate from strangers and the media,” the statement continued.

In the past too, Melania has spoken out to protect her son from being dragged into the political madness as bait

In December 2019, she had schooled Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan, who had used Barron’s name during her House impeachment proceedings.

She joked: “The Constitution states that there can be no titles of nobility. So while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”

In retaliation, Melania took to Twitter to air her displeasure regarding the comments.

“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” she wrote. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”

Barron Trump and Melania Trump
Barron Trump and his mother Melania Trump stand on stage after Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images

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