US First Lady Melania Trump has come forward to protect her son from online bullying and thanked Chelsea Clinton for supporting her son. Her reaction came after Barron Trump was ridiculed for his choice of clothing by a conservative news media website.
On Sunday (20 August), he was dressed casually in a red T-shirt and khaki shorts while boarding Air Force One with US President Donald Trump and Melania. The Daily Caller website, taking exception with the 11-year-old boy's fashion sense, went on to publish a story with a headline that said, "It's High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He's In the White House."
This prompted Chelsea to support Trump' youngest son, who is about to start sixth grade, and urged the media to let him live his life as a normal child.
"Dear Matty - Barron is A KID. No child should be talked about in the below manner - in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame," she tweeted. Responding to Clinton's support for her only son, the Flotus raised the issue of bullying against children.
"Thank you @ChelseaClinton - so important to support all of our children in being themselves!" the First Lady tweeted.
Melania, who is committed to fighting against online harassment, used the hashtag #StopChildhoodBullying in her thank you tweet for the former first daughter.
Following the controversial story on the Daily Caller, Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the Flotus told the Associated Press, "As with all previous administrations, we ask that the media give Barron his privacy. He is a minor child and deserves every opportunity to have a private childhood."
Soon after Trump became the US President, Barron was criticised scathingly for his facial expressions during public appearances, his dressing choices, and also for some of his father's decisions in the political arena.
Months have gone since the Potus took charge of the White House but the First Son of the US continues to get scrutinised whenever he makes a public appearance.
Barron was previously called a 'homeschool shooter' by Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich, while comedienne Rosie O'Donnell also shared a video speculating Barron might be autistic. Both of them later received an avalanche of criticism for attacking a child in the name of politics.