White House issues statement asking for privacy from press for Barron Trump

The White House issued a statement Tuesday, urging media outlets to refrain from covering President Donald Trump's youngest son Barron.

"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 said in a statement. "The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter."

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During Friday's Inauguration Day celebrations, the 10-year-old fell victim to some harsh online criticisms. Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich received backlash for an insensitive tweet about the first son and was indefinitely suspended from her job. Rich has since deleted the tweet and issued an apology, calling it "inexcusable."

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Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton took to social media over the weekend to defend Barron from critics, posting that "Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids."

Barron Trump was thrust into the spotlight after his father's 2015 decision to run for the presidency. He is the son of Trump and his third wife Melania.