Did Trump forget he had a son? Prez makes bizarre reference to 13-year-old Barron in vaping comments
During a press conference at the White House with Melania, the president made a strange reference to their 13-year-old son Barron
In his latest gaffe, President Donald Trump seemed to have forgotten that he has a son with the First Lady Melania Trump.
During a press conference held at the White House on Wednesday, September 11, to discuss the dangers of vaping, the president made a strange reference to their 13-year-old son Barron, saying, "She's got a son".
“Vaping has become a very big business, as I understand it, like a giant business in a very short period of time. But we can’t allow people to get sick, and we can’t have our youth be so affected,” Trump said with the First Lady sitting silently right next to him. “And that’s how the First Lady got involved. She’s got a son... Together, that is... A beautiful young man. And she feels very, very strongly about it.”
Trump added that his administration would actively work to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes amid reports of people becoming sick by mysterious lung illnesses related to vaping. Although the president tried his best to relay the seriousness of the information, the damage had already been done. The late-night talk shows had already gotten their material to take Trump apart.
“The first lady has got a son — together. It’s a mutual son. Of course, I’m very involved with the doings of it, and so is the first lady, who is a lovely mother, together, who I love and know her name. So well that I won’t waste your time saying it out loud," talk show host Stephen Colbert said in his 'The Late Show', imitating the voice of the POTUS.
Comedian Trevor Noah said on 'The Daily Show': “How on Earth does Trump forget that he has a son? He’s like the world’s worst dad. At least Darth Vader claimed his son. If Trump was the dark lord, he would be like, ‘Luke, she is your mother'. But, look, you can’t fault Trump for not being super eager to claim responsibility for his son. I mean, the dude has been burned twice.”
The press conference came days after Melania took to Twitter to express her concern for the increasing trend of vaping among the youth and the resultant deaths that followed.
"I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth," she tweeted on her official social media page on September 9.
Apart from Barron, his youngest and only son with Melania, Trump has four other children from two of previous marriages: Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump.