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Chelsea Clinton stands up for Donald Trump’s son, Barron, 10

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First lady Melania Trump fixes the tie of her son Barron Trump prior to President Donald Trump's inaugural address. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty
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Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has leapt to the defence of Barron Trump, telling the internet trolls to back off.

Ms Clinton, who was only 12 when father Bill was inaugurated as United States president in 1993, took to Twitter to defend Barron, 10, after he had been ridiculed on social media during his father’s inauguration at the weekend.

“Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid,” she tweeted.

Ms Clinton, 36, would well know the pressures of growing up in the first-family limelight, having been 20 by the time her parents finally left the White House.

Modern Family actor, Julie Bowen, was particularly singled out for what was arguably a ridiculing of Barron as part of her comic take on the inauguration.

I think Barron is on his Gameboy. Can't say I can blame him.

A photo posted by Julie Bowen (@itsjuliebowen) on

Barron, a voting majority shares your horror. #barronforpresident

A photo posted by Julie Bowen (@itsjuliebowen) on

Others were even more cruel.

But Ms Clinton’s tweet included the caveat, adding that the Trump administration’s new policies could have implications for children of Barron’s age.

“Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids,” she included in her original tweet of support for the president’s son.

But after Ms Clinton’s criticism of Mr Trump and her support for marchers who protested in cities around the United States and globally at the weekend, she she remains “a very good friend” of Mr Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

“She’s been a friend of mine long before the campaign, of course will be a friend of mine after”, Ivanka said in a recent interview.

And despite the bitter presidential campaign, Mr Trump also thanked Bill and Hillary Clinton at his inauguration dinner on Friday, saying he was “very, very honoured” that they had attended.

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