White House asks media to kill story on Malia's spring break trip to Mexico

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by Stella Inger

azfamily.com

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 29 at 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House is now responding to reports about Malia Obama vacationing in Mexico.

On Monday, several news outlets, including The Huffington Post, reported that Malia, 13, her friends and about two dozen Secret Service agents were Oaxaca, Mexico. On Tuesday, the story was removed.

According to Politico.com, the White House has released a statement saying it asked the outlets to remove the story.

"From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest," Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, told reporter Dylan Byers via email. "We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls."

It was reported that Malia, 12 of her friends, and 25 Secret Service agents arrived in Oaxaca on Saturday for spring break.

As you may remember, the State Department recently issued a travel warning, asking people to avoid Mexico. The country is dealing with lots of violence, including gang and drug issues. However, the travel warning didn’t include the region of Oaxaca.

Original story on the International Business Times website: Amid Travel Warnings, Obama's Daughter, Malia, Spring Breaks In Mexico With 25 Secret Service Agents

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