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GOP senator defends Canada after Trump attacks

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Maine) came to the defense of Canada following attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE and some of his top advisers.

“We’ve had differences w/ Canada over the years, particularly regarding subsidies from the provincial & nat’l governments; nevertheless, Canada remains our close ally, good friend, & one of America’s biggest trading partners,” Collins tweeted Sunday.

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The senator said that “border communities” like those in Maine and southeast Canada are “truly intertwined," adding that the U.S. “must preserve this friendship.”

Trump and some of his top economic aides targeted Trudeau over the weekend after the Canadian leader criticized steep tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Canadian steel and aluminum imports.

The president called Trudeau “weak & dishonest” in a tweet following the Group of 7 summit on Saturday, after Trudeau said that his country would not be “pushed around” by the U.S. on trade and discussed retaliatory tariffs.

Trump doubled down on his criticism of other countries on trade in a series of tweets on Sunday night.

On Sunday, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow called Trudeau’s comments “a betrayal,” and trade official Peter Navarro said there was a “special place in hell” for leaders like Trudeau who engage in "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump.

Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, responded Sunday, saying that the country does not find that “ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries.”