Melania Trump scolds Food Network host for 'insensitive' tweet about son Barron
First lady Melania Trump, who was annoyed that a Food Network host questioned her son Barron's parentage on Father's Day, made a statement on Tuesday by her spokeswoman condemning comments on the 14-year-old.
"Unfortunately, we continue to see inappropriate and insensitive comments about (President Donald Trump's) son," said Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff and spokeswoman for the First Lady, in a statement to The Washington Examiner and The Hill.
"As with any government, an underage child should be banned and allowed to grow up without judgment or hatred from strangers and the media."
The east wing replied on Sunday to a tweet from John Henson, a stand-up comic and host of Food Networks "Halloween Baking Championship", ABC's "Wipeout", E! 'S "Talk Soup".
"I hope Barron can spend the day with who his father is," Henson wrote on Sunday.
I hope Barron can spend the day with whoever his father is.
- John Henson (@John_Henson), June 21, 2020
USA TODAY asked the Food Network for a comment.
The 50-year-old First Lady, at least in public, has proven to be a woman with few words, but you can be sure that she will speak sharply if she thinks Barron is being attacked or ridiculed.
In December, she went to Twitter herself when law professor Pamela Karlan mentioned Barron's name in a somewhat tense joke while testifying during the president's hearings on the impeachment process.
"The constitution says that there cannot be nobility titles. The president can name his son Barron but he cannot make him a baron," said Karlan to the House Justice Committee.
"A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed that you are very angry and obviously biased in public and use a child to do it," Trump tweeted.
A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed that you are very angry and obviously biased and use a child to do it.
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Karlan later apologized.
Out of habit, the mass media does not report underage children of presidential families unless they are in public with their parents.
As a result, little has been known about Barron's life in the records since he moved to the White House with his mother in June 2017, and the First Lady wants to keep it that way. It is known that he attends a private school in the suburbs of Maryland in Washington, that he likes football, and that he is now taller than his two big parents.
A new unauthorized biography of Trump reports that Melania had begun renegotiating her marriage agreement with the president before the 2016 elections to ensure that Barron would eventually share the Trump estate in equal parts with his four older half-siblings , which turned out to be successful for "The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump" by Mary Jordan.
Stephanie Grisham listens to President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting in the White House cabinet room on October 21, 2019 in Washington.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Melania Trump scolds the Food Network host's "insensitive" Barron tweet
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