President Trump’s eldest daughter on Friday criticized the media’s recent treatment of Malia Obama.
Malia Obama is former President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, and she began her freshmen year at Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts last August.
“Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers,” Ivanka Trump tweeted.
“She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits,” she added of Malia Obama, who is 19.
Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers. She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 24, 2017
Chelsea Clinton – who is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton – on Friday made a similar argument on Twitter.
“Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait,” she tweeted. “Be better.”
Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 24, 2017
Malia Obama graduated high school last year, and she then took a gap year in what her family said was an attempt at starting college without her father being in the White House.
Barack Obama exited the Oval Office last January after two terms, and he was succeeded by President Trump.
President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential race, besting her after securing the Republican presidential nomination.
The small group presidential children throughout U.S. history has historically acted protectively of its youngest members, often defending them without regard to political party.
Recent tabloid coverage about Malia Obama has reported on her time at Harvard so far, including details of her private life and recreational activities there.
Barack Obama last September compared dropping off his eldest child for college was similar to “open-heart surgery.”
“I was proud that I did not cry in front of her,” he said of Malia Obama during an event at the Beau Biden Foundation.
“But on the way back, the Secret Service was off, looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose,” Barack Obama added. “It was rough.”
“[But] it’s a remind that, at the end of our lives, whatever else we’ve accomplished, the things that we’ll remember are the joys that our children – and hopefully way later, our grandchildren – bring us.”
Barack Obama has one other daughter with former first lady Michelle Obama, 16-year-old Sasha Obama.