Melania Trump‘s spokeswoman hit back at a joke made by a Food Network host who insinuated that President Donald Trump is not Barron‘s real father.

John Henson, host of Halloween Baking Championship, tweeted on Father’s Day, “I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his dad is.” Henson is an outspoken critic of the president on Twitter with more than 30,000 followers.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, responded in a statement.

“Sadly we continue to see inappropriate and insensitive comments about the President’s son [Barron Trump],” she said.

Many people called out Henson’s joke on Twitter, which caused him to defend his comments.

“With respect, I think you dissecting it is the issue. The joke was aimed at Trump and the mere mention of Barron’s name doesn’t mean it’s at his expense,” he said.

On June 24, Henson apologized for bringing Barron into his comments on the president. The original tweet with the joke has been deleted.

“It was a mistake to mention a minor. I apologize and will use better judgement in the future,” he said.

This is not the first time the first lady has defended her son from public comments. In December, Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan mentioned Barron during the House impeachment hearings.

“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan said.

Melania Trump personally called her out on Twitter, and Karlan later apologized.


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

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