John Kerry denounces US election rhetoric as embarrassment abroad

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday denounced some of the rhetoric in the US presidential election as an "embarrassment" to the United States abroad.

In an interview with broadcaster CBS, Kerry described world leaders as "shocked" by statements by some candidates on the campaign trail about monitoring Muslims and the use of torture.

"It upsets people's sense of equilibrium about our steadiness, about our reliability, and to some degree I must say to you, some of the questions the way they're posed to me it's clear to me that what's happening is an embarrassment to our country," Kerry said.

The terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday had prompted Republican candidate Ted Cruz to call for greater surveillance of Muslim neighbourhoods and for fellow Republican Donald Trump to renew his calls for the use of waterboarding to garner information from terrorists.

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