Ivanka Trump has taken a stand for her White House predecessor, Malia Obama, tweeting in her defence after a video of the former first daughter stirred controversy online.
A video recently posted on Instagram appears to show Ms Obama blowing smoke rings in a bathroom. The caption on the video identified the former first daughter by name and claimed she was “firing off them O’s like a boss”.
After conservative news site The Daily Caller wrote an article about the video, Ms Trump came forward to defend her.
“Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school-aged peers,” the first daughter and presidential adviser tweeted. “She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.”
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
Ms Trump was joined by another former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who tweeted: “Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. 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
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.
The informal society of presidential children has historically been protective of its youngest members, without regard for political party.