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Did Malia Obama Praise Trump's 'Leadership and Strength'?

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Published Mar 23, 2020

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Former first daughter Malia Obama praised Trump's 'leadership and strength' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 23, 2020, the website bustatroll.org published an article positing that former president Barack Obama's daughter Malia had praised President Trump's "leadership and strength" during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Malia Obama Praises Trump’s Action, ‘My Dad Wouldn’t Know What To Do’

Trump’s response in these difficult times is gaining him fans from the most unlikely places. While Nancy Pelosi and the wicked Democrats in the House continue to criticize and rage against him, others on the left are seeing the light.

The latest is probably one of the last people you would suspect of saying anything positive about our president. Barack Obama‘s eldest daughter, Malia, while in conversation with one of her classmates, admitted her true feelings about Trump’s abilities.

“I have to admit, he’s showing true leadership and strength. It’s like he instinctively knows what to do. He’s giving people hope. My dad would’ve fumbled this. He wouldn’t have had a clue how to handle it.”

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