Reps for President Obama are firing back at Republican Rick Santorum after he criticized Malia Obama’s recent trip to Mexico.

Malia, 13, was spotted vacationing with classmates last week causing Santorum to critique the president’s parenting skills.

According to Santorum, the first daughter should have not been allowed to visit Mexico because the State Department has issued travel warnings about parts of the country.

In a recent interview with right-wing radio host Glenn Beck, Santorum chastised Obama saying,

“What I would say is that the president’s actions should reflect what his administration is saying. 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 Huffington Post, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, expressed disappointment in Santorum’s comments, and told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell,

“I think that children … have always been off-limits in presidential campaigns, and really any campaign. I’m surprised that Rick Santorum wouldn’t agree with that.”

The area where Malia Obama traveled to was not under a travel advisory by the State Department.

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