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Netanyahu's Son: I Can Relate To Barron's Struggles (Video)

| by Lauren Briggs

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son, Yair, told President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, that he understood what their 11-year-old son, Barron, was feeling after being thrust into the limelight at such a young age (video below).

The rare personal interaction came while President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited Israel on May 22, moments before the two world leaders were set to speak to the press, notes the Daily Mail.

"I'm a big, big fan of both of you," Yair says in the video after his mother, Sara, introduces him to the couple. "I've heard about you so much from my mother … You know, I can relate a lot to what Barron is going through because I've been his age during my dad's first term."

President Trump calls the Israeli couple "great parents" and compliments Yair: "Look how he turned out."

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"It can only make you stronger, that's all," Melania responds, regarding the unwanted and often negative attention.

According to Yair, he first became the object of satire when he was just 3 years old.

"He was a child," Sara says in the video. "He doesn't have any tools or duty to fight them."

Barron has indeed become the butt of a number of jokes since his father ran for office. Comedians have called him "this country's first homeschool shooter," said he resembles "a very handsome date-rapist-to-be," speculated about the size of his genitals and joked that he "is wandering around the White House … looking for stuff to burn," according to WND.

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Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton sided with Barron amid the comments.

"Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does -- to be a kid," Clinton tweeted. "Standing up for every kid also means opposing [President Trump's] policies that hurt kids."

Many Americans believe attacking a president's children to be in poor taste, but that doesn't stop the kids from sometimes becoming targets. In 2014, a former staffer in Washington D.C. received tremendous backlash after suggesting that President Barack Obama's teenage daughters, Sasha and Malia, "try showing a little class" and "dress like [they] deserve respect, not a spot at the bar" for wearing above-the-knee skirts.

"Children, especially the first daughters, are off limits," Sean Spicer, who is now the White House press secretary, said at the time. "While the comments were inappropriate and insensitive, the mainstream media's coverage of this story is appalling."

Sources: Daily Mail, WND / Photo credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro/Wikimedia Commons

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