a family affair
June 7, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump accompanied their father, President Trump, to his Irish golf resort and a D-Day commemoration in France, after participating in the president's pomp-filled state visit to England. Ivanka left Britain for The Hague, where she represented the U.S. at a summit on entrepreneurship. Presumably, Trump's fourth adult child, Tiffany, went her own way.

We know a lot of what the president's adult children were doing in Europe — they recorded their trip on social media, the press photographed them at formal dinners with British royals, and there's video of Don Jr. and Eric going on a pub crawl in Ireland, buying rounds of ale for the townsfolk — but the White House won't say what they were doing in President Trump's official entourage. Ivanka (37) and her husband, Jared Kushner (38), have White House jobs, but Don Jr. (41) and Eric (35) run the Trump family business, Tiffany (25) is a Georgetown Law student, and Eric's wife, Lara (36), works for the president's re-election campaign.

"State visits don't often double as family reunions, especially with grown children in tow, and the occurrence has certainly raised some eyebrows," says Kyle Munzenrieder at W Magazine. Ethics experts were especially bothered by Eric and Don Jr.'s participation in state events, given the already blurred line between Trump business and government business.

"Trump aides scoffed," noting that "past presidents have traveled with family members, including children," The Washington Post notes. They pointed to Barack Obama bringing his daughters on some presidential trips, though they were minors living in the White House. Ronald Reagan's adult children did not travel abroad with him when he was president. Trump's 13-year-old son, Barron, stayed in Washington.

White House officials told CBS News that Don Jr., Eric, Lara, and Tiffany "are personally paying" for their travel. "Presidential children raise the public costs of a trip, given that they require Secret Service protection," the Post adds, "but it is less clear how many other expenses would be incurred by taxpayers." Peter Weber

March 12, 2019

Lori Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, revealed on a radio show last week that her father, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, "faked his way" through college, Us Weekly reports.

On Tuesday, Mossimo Giannulli was arrested for allegedly participating in a college admissions scam; Loughlin is out of the country, and has been told by federal authorities to turn herself in. Court documents allege that Mossimo Giannulli and Loughlin paid $500,000 in bribes so their daughters — Olivia Jade, 19, and Bella, 20 — could gain admission to the University of Southern California. Olivia Jade and Bella were allegedly designated as recruits for USC's crew team, even though they did not participate in the sport.

On the March 8 episode of the "Zach Sang Show," Olivia Jade, a YouTube star, said her dad lied about being enrolled in college. "He, like, faked his way through it and then he started his whole business with tuition money that his parents thought [was] going to college," she said. "That's like, such a different time. I don't know if I was supposed to say that, but it's OK." Sang asked why she decided to attend USC, and she responded that it was "mostly my parents really wanted me to go because both of them didn't go to college." Catherine Garcia

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