TV host and comedian John Henson removed a Father’s Day jab at Donald Trump over the president’s bond with his teenage son, Barron, amid outcry from some on Twitter — and criticism from First Lady Melania Trump‘s team.
Henson, a host of Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship and Wipeout before that, originally tweeted: “I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his dad is.”
Though his post has been taken down, Henson responded to a few users who took issue with it.
“The joke was aimed at Trump and the mere mention of Barron’s name doesn’t mean it’s at his expense,” Henson wrote in one reply dinging him for “lazy comedy.”
“Although I respect your right to take issue with it,” he added. (A rep for him could not immediately be reached.)
In a statement to reporters, the first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said: “Sadly we continue to see inappropriate and insensitive comments about the president’s son. 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.”
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