- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

First lady Melania Trump questioned Kathy Griffin’s “mental health” Wednesday after the comedian sparked an uproar for photos depicting her holding a mock severed head of President Trump.

“As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing,” Mrs. Trump said in a statement, CNN reported. “When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”

Her statement follows a Wednesday morning tweet by her husband that said Ms. Griffin “should be ashamed of herself.”

“My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” Mr. Trump wrote.

Meanwhile, TMZ reported that Barron went into a panic when he first saw Ms. Griffin’s photo on television, thinking that it was real.

“He’s 11,” an unnamed Trump family source told the website. “He doesn’t know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad.”

Ms. Griffin apologized for the stunt in a video posted Tuesday night, but the backlash has been relentless.

CNN announced Wednesday afternoon that it severed its relationship with the comedian, who has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper since 2007.

“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network said.

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