NEW YORK (AP) -- Ivanka Trump is condemning recent tabloid coverage of President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter Malia, saying the college student deserves privacy and ought to be “OFF limits.”
The president’s daughter tweets: "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."
The former first daughter is a first-year student at Harvard University. Malia Obama took a gap year after graduating high school in 2016, in what the Obamas said was an effort to start college without the distraction of her father in the White House.
Ivanka's tweet was likely prompted by a pair of recent videos featuring 19-year-old Obama kissing her boyfriend at a football game and smoking. Tabloids such as TMZ also circulated pictures and video of Obama dancing and wearing shorts at Lollapalooza, a music festival that takes place in July.
The informal society of presidential children has historically been protective of its youngest members, without regard for political party. Chelsea Clinton, who has also defended the privacy of Ivanka's half-brother Barron Trump, tweeted a message to similar effect.
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