GOP senator rips Trump over 'unhelpful' remarks about Somali immigrants
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Defense bill includes fix for military families' survivor benefits MORE (R-Maine) slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE's recent comments about her state's Somali community.


“Mr. Trump’s statements disparaging immigrants who have come to this country legally are particularly unhelpful,” Collins said in a statement, according to The Boston Globe.

“Maine has benefited from people from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and, increasingly, Africa — including our friends from Somalia.”

Trump, during a Thursday rally in Portland, Maine, referenced the state's Somali community as an example of refugees "coming from among the most dangerous territories and countries."

"We've just seen many, many crimes getting worse all the time, and as Maine knows — a major destination for Somali refugees — right, am I right?" Trump said during the rally.

"Well, they're talking about it," he continued.

"Maine. Somali refugees. We admit hundreds of thousands — you admit, into Maine, and to other places in the United States — hundreds of thousands of refugees."

The GOP nominee's comments about the Somali community drew criticism in Portland.

Collins said immigration to the state has been "imperfect," but criticized the GOP nominee for targeting people who have come to the country legally.

The Maine senator has criticized Trump in the past. Collins said at the Republican convention that she hasn't ruled out voting for Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles Hillary Clinton documentary to premiere at Sundance MORE, though she admitted that scenario would be "extremely unlikely."