The White House pushed back Friday against claims that Donald Trump's tweeted jab at global warming activist Greta Thunberg, 16, is incompatible with Melania Trump's protective insistence that her 13-year-old son Barron is out-of-bounds for reporters.
The first lady has crusaded against cyber-bullying as one plank in her 'BeBest' platform.
The president mocked Thunberg on Thursday after Time magazine named the jet-setting, school-bycotting teen its Person of the Year, leaving his spokeswoman to parry claims of hypocrisy.
'BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,' White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. 'It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do.'
'Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches,' Grisham said of Barron Trump. 'He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy.'
The White House fired back Friday on Melania Trump's behalf against critics who say it's hypocritical for her to demand privacy for her 13-year-old son Barron while President Donald Trump mocks 16-year-old global warming activist Greta Thunberg online
Barron Trump is shy and reserved and hasn't spoken in public during his famous father's presidency or 2016 campaign
The first couple has tried to give Barron the most normal life a teenage child of a president can have, keeping him out of the public eye and shepherding him to school with a peer group.
Thunberg has led more than a year of global school boycotts to draw attention to climate change
Thunberg's mother Malena Ernman, a former Swedish opera singer, has encouraged her to pursue an unusualy path of environmental activism. Ernman gave up her career because of the environmental impact of air travel, advocates for the Paris Climate Treaty, and wrote a book about ecology and sustainability.
That has led to leadership of a global movement encouraging schoolchildren to boycott classes to highlight climate change, hundreds of protest events, a heavily