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  • “I’ve always said he shouldn’t report his taxes,” Collins said about Trump
  • Lawmakers remain concerned about conflicts between the White House and the Trump brand

“I’ve always said he shouldn’t report his taxes. I don’t think any elected official should,” the New York Republican told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”

Ongoing concerns about conflict of interest between the Trump Administration and Trump-related businesses are unnecessary, he said. The most recen example comes after White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway told Americans in a live TV interview to buy Ivanka Trump’s clothes.

“She was smiling. She was laughing. She was speaking about herself,” Collins said about Conway’s interview. “Somebody is making a mountain out of a mole hill here. I’d say get a life.”

“I’m just amazed that others seem to be trying to roll out the legal issues,” he added.

Conway apologized to Trump Thursday after her comments led some lawmakers to call for an investigation into whether she violated federal laws. according to a senior administration official.

Collins, the Administration’s Congressional liaison, said concerns about the White House and business come from a place of animus and said Trump has been as transparent as required.

“I don’t see the pattern,” Collins said. “It fuels suspicion by those who don’t like Donald Trump.”

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