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Secret Service notified of Peter Fonda’s obscene tweet about Trump’s youngest son

June 22, 2018

The Secret Service was alerted to a tweet by actor Peter Fonda, who said that the president’s youngest son, Barron, should be separated from his mother and put “in a cage with pedophiles.”

“We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will will stand up against the giant a--hole she is married to. 90 million people in the streets on the same weekend in the country. F---,” Fonda wrote in a tweet, which has now been deleted.

First lady Melania Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, called the tweet “sick and irresponsible.” A Secret Service spokesman said the agency is aware of the tweet but declined to comment, citing the agency’s practice of not speaking about protective matters.

The tweets come as the Trump administration has faced heightened pressure over its US immigration policies, which in some instances have resulted in the separation of undocumented children from their families.

Fonda later apologized for his tweet.

“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” he said in a statement. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”