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

Iraq announces operation to retake western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State from...

Colombia's FARC rebels ready to hand in their weapons

The last of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels entered the country's newly created transition zones on Saturday ahead of...

Mass drug overdose at Melbourne dance festival

More than 20 people were hospitalized, many in a critical condition, after overdosing on drugs at a Melbourne dance...

Trump attacks media, touts own progress at campaign-style rally

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the media and renewed his pre-election promises on Saturday at...

Turkish PM scoffs at claims of 'one-man system' on visit to Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday poured scorn on accusations that potential reforms to Turkey's...