Melania Trump reacted to critics who suggested it was hypocritical for her to be outraged about purported attacks on her son Barron, in light of President Donald Trump’s mockery of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg.
The first lady said her “son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy.”
Trump responded by way of a statement issued by White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, the Associated Press reported.
The president reacted earlier in the week to news that Greta Thunberg had been named Time’s 2019 “Person of the Year” by urging the Swedish climate change activist to “chill.”
The first lady also addressed those who saw tensions between the aims of her Be Best initiative, which campaigns to stop the bullying of children on social media, and her husband’s fiery rhetorical style on Twitter.
“BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do,” Grisham’s statement said.
“Trump attacking Greta makes Barron Trump fair game now,” tweeted one user.
Trump attacking Greta makes Barron Trump fair game now.
— Ron Shields (@ron_shields) December 12, 2019
Last week, Trump chastised impeachment inquiry witness Pamela Karlan for making a comment about her 13-year-old son.
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.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 4, 2019
“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,” she tweeted.
Karlan said during her testimony that while the president can “name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”