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First lady Melania Trump issued a statement that cited a key difference between her son, Barron, and teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

The statement, issued from White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham to CNN reporter Kate Bennett and released by Bennett via Twitter on Friday, comes after President Donald Trump suggested that Thunberg work on her “Anger Management problem” after the climate activist became the youngest to win Time’s “Person of the Year.”

“BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,” the statement read. “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. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy.”

Thunberg, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, won global fame after a fiery speech to the United Nations in December during which she accused world leaders of “stealing” their children’s futures.

“How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight,” she told world leaders. “You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.”

“Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!” Trump tweeted after the Time announcement. “Chill Greta, Chill!”

The president’s criticism of Thunberg was widely condemned. Thunberg herself responded 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.”

  • Chaz says:

    Ignoring teenage girl angst is the usual cure in my experience….

  • Oh no says:

    Comparing Baron to that drain clog is not productive. There is no comparison here.

  • James says:

    Baron Trump is NOT a public figure, he’s just a kid who’s minding his own business and living his life. Greta Dumberg IS a public figure who wants to get into everyone else’s business and tell the rest of us how we should live our lives, and so, she’s open to public criticism, there’s no equivalency between her and Baron.

  • Ruth Bosic says:

    Who cares what this young teen thinks? I agree with President trump and I think her parents are using her!

  • MJ says:

    I have dealt with this in Special Education and found that yes, Asperger Syndrome is a condition but not as extreme as Autism. I have found that Asperger children, especially little girls, over react to everything and if they receive a lot of attention from those closest to them, they take their actions to the extreme. They also will lie to gain attention and sympathy. And yes, some parents make the situations worse by coddling the child and making the child feel they are in charge instead of the parents.

  • Bill says:

    Good girl, now aren’t you supposed to be in school Greta???

  • Evangeline King says:

    Melania is a wonderful mother. Most wealthy women have nanny’s raise their kids but she insisted on being his full time mom.

  • CF