When 11-year-old Barron Trump saw an image of his father’s severed head on television, he thought something terrible had happened.
The image – part of a photoshoot comedian Kathy Griffin did with photographer Tyler Shields – was posted on her Twitter account and shows the bloodied face of the US President (the image can be seen here).
The 56-year-old captioned the gruesome image, “There was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his … wherever,” referencing Trump’s comments about journalist Megyn Kelly in 2015.
According to TMZ, the youngest son of Donald Trump screamed for his mother when he saw the image on the screen.
"He's 11. He doesn't know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad," a source told the site.
First Lady Melania Trump said she found the photo "very disturbing".
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"As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing," she said in a statement.
"When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong.
"[It] makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."
The President also tweeted a response to the stunt, admitting his son was having a "hard time" dealing with it.
He labelled the comedian "sick".
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017