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White House Asks Press To Leave Barron The Hell Alone

01/25/2017 04:13 EST | Updated 01/25/2017 04:13 EST

On Wednesday the White House issued a statement in regards to press coverage of Barron Trump.

"It is a longstanding tradition that the children of Presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight. The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter."

This is likely a direct response to a disparaging tweet from a now-suspended "Saturday Night Live" writer about Donald Trump's youngest son, Barron.

Even before Trump's election, the 10-year-old has been scrutinized in the media and by celebrities. Many are now coming to the child's defence, including former first kid Chelsea Clinton and her dad's former love interest Monica Lewinsky.

But the White House claim that "the children of Presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight" is untrue.

In more recent history, Clinton herself was the target of cruel comments by conservative Rush Limbaugh and mean "Saturday Night Live" skits.

There was also that whole pot fiasco with Malia Obama. And of course both of Obama's daughters were criticized for how they dressed.

George W. Bush's twins had their share of unflattering press coverage.

"These kids are our royalty," Brad Meltzer, who spent a year researching children of presidents for his book "The First Counsel" told ABC News. "Whether they like it or not their privacy is invaded, and we love to hear any juicy details we can about them."

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