Trump children paid to be on state visit to UK

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE's four adult children joined him on this week's state visit to the United Kingdom, despite just one having an official role in the administration. 

A White House official didn't confirm why Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE, Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race Trump Jr. rips Teen Vogue for sex work op-ed: 'Nothing is sacred to these sickos' MORE and Tiffany Trump attended — but told CBS news the three Trumps personally paid to be on the trip. 

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Only Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpAfrican Development Bank is much more than critic suggests Apple seeks to exempt products including iPhone from proposed tariffs The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Tensions flare after Iran shoots down US drone MORE and her husband, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Dershowitz: With 'Mideast Marshall plan,' Abbas can help — or hurt — Palestinians Palestinian leaders reject Kushner's economic plan for region MORE, have roles in the administration. Trump's sons are said to be in control of Trump's business affairs while he serves as president, in a questionable effort to avoid conflicts of interest. 

It's not the first time the extended Trump family has seemed to grab sought-after spots in a ceremonial events during Trump's time in office. 

The New York Times reported the weekend before Trump delivered his State of the Union address that some special guests invited to sit near the fist lady were bumped for the president's children and spouses. 

The adult Trump kids were seated in a box during the address, while the mother of a cancer survivor invited for her efforts to help others fight the disease was moved, according to The New York Times. A sixth grader bullied for his name, Joshua Trump, was also moved. 

Former President Obama sometimes brought his two daughters on state visits, CBS reported, nothing that the Obama children were minors while Obama was in office. 

Trump's youngest son, Barron, was reportedly not on the U.K. visit.