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Rep. Blackburn: Mar-a-Lago Didn't Belong on State Dept. Website

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 02:27 PM

The State Department should not have posted information on its website about President Donald Trump's Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told CNN.

"It shouldn't have happened and ought to come down," Blackburn said Tuesday to Chris Cuomo on "New Day."

The White House announced on Monday that the article, which was online for three weeks, had been taken down and stated the intent was to provide information about the president's activities since he often hosts foreign dignitaries at the club.

"We regret any misperception and have removed the post," the site now reads.

The Trump administration faced backlash over ethics concerns since Trump owns the for-profit resort. Blackburn called for "clarity" on how the information got on the website in the first place to ensure the president complies with federal regulations.

"There should be a statement to provide some clarity as to how that happened, but that's the kind of thing that should not happen," Blackburn said. "I think what you have to look at is the compliance that the government ethics office requires."

"They're the ones that are going to say if he is or is not in compliance, and will more or less be the referee on that situation," she added.

Since taking office, Trump has been working to distance himself from what The Wall Street Journal called "a complex network of business holdings" to avoid conflicts of interest.

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The State Department should not have posted information on its website about President Donald Trump's Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told CNN.
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