Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton Defend Malia Obama

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After video surfaced of former first daughter Malia Obama kissing a fellow student before a college football game and blowing smoke rings, fellow first daughters Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter to defend the 19-year-old and advocate for her right to privacy. 

The video of Malia Obama, now a freshman at Harvard University, was first published by TMZ on Nov. 20 and quickly went viral. In the clip, Malia Obama can be seen kissing a young man who appeared to be a fellow Harvard student. Photos taken after the kiss show Malia Obama smoking what appears to be a cigarette. 

Three days later, a video surfaced allegedly showing Malia Obama blowing smoke rings. The Daily Caller reports the video was posted on Instagram by pop culture website Barstool Sports but later deleted. 

As positive and negative reactions to both videos swept social media, Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton added their voices in defense of Obama. 

"Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers," tweeted Ivanka Trump on Nov. 24. "She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits."

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Chelsea Clinton echoed Ivanka Trump's sentiment less than an hour later. 

"Malia Obama's private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait," she wrote. "Be better,"

Chelsea Clinton made similar comments in defense of first son Barron Trump, earlier this year, according to CBS News. 

In August, a reporter for The Daily Caller criticized 11-year-old Barron Trump for wearing a T-shirt and shorts while returning from a family vacation.

After the article was published, Chelsea Clinton tweeted, "It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves."

Her tweet earned her the gratitude of Barron Trump's mother, first lady Melania Trump. 

"Thank you [Chelsea Clinton] -- so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying," she tweeted in response.

First children are typically considered out-of-bounds for reporters and photographers. The Obama daughters were no exception. 

"From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest," then-first lady Michelle Obama's former spokeswoman Kristina Schake said in 2013, according to CBS News.

Schake's statement came after photos were taken of Malia Obama during a spring break trip to Mexico. 

"We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls," Schake said.  

Sources: Chelsea Clinton/Twitter (2), Ivanka Trump/Twitter, Melania Trump/TwitterCBS News (2), TMZ, The Daily Caller / Featured Image: U.S. Department of State/Flickr / Embedded Image: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images via Slate, Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons

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