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First lady appears to condone Trump's criticism of Greta Thunberg

Melania Trump says her 13-year-old son Barron wants privacy, unlike 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is TIME's 'Person of the Year.'

Melania Trump appears to be condoning her husband's criticism of 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. 

Through a spokeswoman, the first lady says her 13-year-old son Barron Trump wants and deserves privacy, unlike the teenage activist “who travels the globe giving speeches.” 

President Donald Trump had laced into Thunberg on Twitter this week after TIME named her as its “Person of the Year." 

He said it's “ridiculous” that the magazine gave her the distinction. 

In a Thursday tweet, the president says “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!” He adds: “Chill Greta, Chill!” 

Thunberg responded to Trump's jabs by changing her Twitter bio to read "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a news conference at the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Thunberg is in Madrid where a global U.N.-sponsored climate change conference is taking place. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

The president's critique of Thunberg came a week after the first lady criticized Stanford University Law School Professor Pamela Karlan, who mentioned Barron during her testimony at a House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing. 

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First lady Melania Trump participates in a round table discussion during a visit to Boston Medical Center, in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)