Reagan's daughter urges Trump children not to 'pull the family card'

Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Reagan, is telling President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE's adult children that they shouldn’t be involved in their father’s presidential campaign and “pull the family card” for benefits.

Davis, who was 28 when her father was elected to the White House, told The New York Times that the Trump children must appreciate the line between family and administration.

“Choose one role or the other,” Davis, a frequent critic of Trump, told the newspaper. “If you’re going to have your fingers in the campaign and all that, then you don’t get to pull the family card.”


The criticism comes as the president’s four adult children accompany him on a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom.

CNN noted that Queen Elizabeth II formally invited just the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump to ring stock exchange opening bell on Monday On The Money: Fed delivers second rate cut to fend off global risks | Trump says Fed has 'no guts' | House gets deal on continuing resolution | GM faces bipartisan backlash amid strike Washington Monument reopens after three years of repairs MORE to the state banquet Monday at Buckingham Palace, but several of his children also attended the royal dinner. 

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Barron Trump, the president’s 13-year-old son with the first lady, did not travel with his family. 

Gwenda Blair, the author of “The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire,” told the Times that the Trumps are appearing to present themselves like the unofficial royal family. 

“He’s surrounding himself with his family in this kind of certainly royal family, prince-and-princesses way,” Blair said. “Just as traditionally crowned heads surrounded themselves with their progeny, he has surrounded himself with his progeny.”

The president reportedly pitched the idea of his children holding a “next generation” meeting with Princes William and Harry.

“I think my children will be meeting them. It would be nice,” Trump told British tabloid newspaper The Sun.