24 Jan 2017

US comedy writer reportedly suspended over Barron Trump jibe

4:44 pm on 24 January 2017

A writer for American comedy show Saturday Night Live has been suspended after posting a tweet mocking US President Donald Trump's son Barron, US media reports say.

Tiffany Trump,  Barron Trump, Vanessa Trump, Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump at the  inauguration ceremony.

Barron Trump - pictured with his mother, Melania, at Donald Trump's recent inauguration ceremony Photo: AFP

The reports say Katie Rich has been suspended indefinitely but the programme's network, NBC, is yet to comment.

On Saturday, Ms Rich posted a now-deleted tweet, saying "Barron will be this country's first home-school shooter".

An avalanche of criticism on social media followed.

Ms Rich later deleted her tweet, suspending her Twitter account.

However, she was back online today to issue an apology.

One Facebook post in reaction to her previous tweet has been shared nearly three million times.

The post read: "NO child deserves to be talked to in such a manner... He is a child, he is to be respected and he is off limits."

Chelsea Clinton, a former first child, joined the support for Barron.

Saturday Night Live has made a number of shows in recent months, parodying Mr Trump.

Mr Trump, who took office on 20 January, has described the programme as "not funny" and with a "terrible" cast.