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.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25
Author: 

Related

Obama takes aim at Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric

World

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 06:51

More from World

Monitor: 14 civilians killed in bombing of key Syrian rebel area

At least 14 civilians were killed on Sunday in a series of airstrikes by unidentified jets on the major rebel...

Reports: Vietnamese floods kill 13

At least 13 people have been reported dead in central Vietnam's most recent spate of floodings.

Indonesian rescuers recover human remains from crashed police plane

Indonesia's national search and rescue agency said on Sunday that it has retrieved the remains of victims killed in...

Fidel Castro to be laid to rest in Santiago de Cuba

Fidel Castro, who led Cuba through five decades of revolution, resistance and repression, will be laid to rest on...

Four dead in Gaza-Egypt border tunnel after flooding causes collapse

Four men who had gone missing after an illegal smuggling tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip with Egypt collapsed on...