Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton, defend Obama daughter over video

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 26 2017 10:11 AM | Updated as of Nov 26 2017 01:40 PM

Malia Obama (center R), her sister Sasha (center L), visit a temple on the Indonesian island of Bali in June, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka, AFP

WASHINGTON - Both sides of the US political divide are defending Malia Obama's right to privacy after a video went viral showing the eldest daughter of former president Barack Obama apparently smoking.

Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump were among the numerous defenders of Malia, 19, on Twitter after the video on Friday seemed to show her blowing smoke rings in a bathroom.

"Malia Obama's private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better," Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic former president Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, wrote on Twitter.

Malia Obama is a student at Harvard University.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of and an adviser to President Donald Trump, who defeated Hillary Clinton in last year's election, similarly defended Malia's right to privacy.

"She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits," Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter.