President Obama’s 13-year-old daughter Malia is “safe and was never in danger” from the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico on Tuesday, according to Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Obamas share messages wishing each other happy Valentine's Day California elementary school to be named after Michelle Obama MORE’s communications director.


“In light of today’s earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger,” Kristina Schake told The Hill in an email. “We would reiterate our request that the media respect the privacy and security of the Obama children and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents.”

The epicenter of the quake was in Guerrero, about 100 miles east of Acapulco. Malia is in Oaxaca, about 350 miles east of Guerrero, celebrating spring break with friends.

The spring break trip became the focus of media attention on Tuesday, after a number of outlets reported on Malia’s whereabouts but later took the reports offline.

The White House says it requested the stories be taken down to protect Malia’s privacy while she is not with her parents.

“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,” Schake said in an email to Politico. “We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.” 

On Tuesday, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized the president for allowing his daughter to travel to Mexico despite a State Department travel warning for the country.

“What I would say is that the president’s actions should reflect what his administration is saying,” Santorum said on Glenn Beck’s radio program. “If the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it. You should set an example. I think that‘s what presidents do. They set an example. And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there.”

According to the State Department website, there is no travel advisory in effect for Oaxaca.

This story was updated at 6:18 pm.