- The Washington Times - Friday, December 13, 2019

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump on Friday defended President Trump for mocking Greta Thunberg, explaining that the 16-year-old climate activist is a public figure while the president’s 13-year-old son is a private individual who “deserves” to be left out of the public eye.

“Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Stephanie Grisham, who serves as top communication aide for the first lady and the White House, said in a statement, CNN reported.

Mr. Trump sparked a wave of backlash Thursday after he said it was “ridiculous” that Greta was recently named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

“Greta must work on her Anger Management problem,” the president tweeted, “then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”

Critics called his attack on a child hypocritical because his wife just last week condemned an impeachment inquiry witness for making a reference to their son Barron.

“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” Mrs. Trump tweeted on Dec. 4. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”

In her statement, Ms. Grisham said Mrs. Trump “often” communicates differently than her husband and that the first lady’s #BeBest campaign addressing cyberbullying could continue as planned.

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