Republican Senator Says No Vote for Trump
Republican Senator Susan Collins says she will not vote for the party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump, saying he does not represent Republican values or the "inclusive approach to governing" the country needs.
Collins, who was elected to the Senate in 1996, wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post that her view of Trump as unfit for the presidency is based on his disregard for the principle of treating other people with respect.
"Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities," Collins said.
She also expressed worry that if elected Trump's "lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments" would make the world more dangerous.
"It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies. Mr. Trump's tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control."
There was no comment from the Trump campaign Monday night about the senator's statement.
Doctors Describe Hell of Syria's Aleppo
As Syrian rebels continue to fight to break the Assad government’s siege on Aleppo, medical workers told U.N. diplomats Monday of the hell Syria’s largest city has become.
"The children in Aleppo have no baby milk, the doctors have severe shortages of medicines, blood, sutures and ventilators, and people have no bread, meat, or cooking gas," Dr. Zaher Shaloul of the Chicago-based Syrian American Medical Society ((SAMS)) told members of the Security Council.
Dr. Samer Attar, who also works with SAMS, showed council members pictures of children with amputated legs and brain injuries. He said Aleppo’s hospitals look more like bunkers, surrounded by sandbags and barrels to offer some protections against near daily bombings. He said at one hospital where he worked, patients were treated in the basement because the upper floor was too susceptible to attack.
He scolded the council for its lack of action and urged it to do more. “This body does have the power to make all of this stop. This body has the power to save lives and limbs on a scale that doctors cannot,” he said.