Texas Republican: In Trump's 'best interest' to keep his children from White House

Texas Republican: In Trump's 'best interest' to keep his children from White House
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Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus House GOP leaders push immigration vote to next week MORE (R-Texas) said Thursday he thinks it would be best for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE to keep his children out of the White House.

"I'm going out on a limb here, but I would say that I think it would be in the President's best interest if he removed all of his children from the White House," Flores told East Texas affiliate KBTX Thursday morning, the Texas Tribune reported.

"Not only Donald Trump [Jr.], but Ivanka and Jared Kushner."

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His comments come after Trump Jr. — who does not have a formal White House role — earlier this week released a chain of emails detailing a 2016 conversation setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer he was told had compromising information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE.

Kushner also attended the June 2016 meeting. At the time, Trump Jr. had a role as a campaign surrogate for this father — since Trump's election he's been running the Trump Organization with his brother Eric. 

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both serve as advisers to the president.

President Trump has defended Trump Jr. for taking the meeting with the Russian lawyer, saying in a tweet that he was "open, transparent and innocent."

But Flores said he has "issues with the meeting."

"It's a meeting that should not have taken place," Flores said. "I think he thought he was looking out for his father's best interest."