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- Ivanka Trump condemned recent media coverage of Malia Obama’s social life at Harvard, where Obama is a freshman.
- The former first daughter Chelsea Clinton also called the coverage unethical “clickbait.”
Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and top White House adviser, condemned recent media coverage of former President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter, Malia Obama, a 19-year-old freshman at Harvard.
“Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.”
Shortly after, another former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, tweeted a similar sentiment.
“Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait,” Clinton wrote. “Be better.”
Over the past week, videos of Malia Obama smoking and kissing another Harvard student at a football game went viral.
Trump and Clinton are both intimately acquainted with invasive tabloid coverage, both as residents of the White House and as the children of fathers whose high-profile personal lives have been the subject of endless media scrutiny.
Clinton has also spoken out against media criticism of a child of the current president.
In August, responding to critiques of 11-year-old Barron Trump’s fashion choices, Clinton tweeted, “It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves.”
First lady Melania Trump thanked Clinton for her defense of her son and called the media coverage a form of cyberbullying.