US Secretary of State John Kerry facing foreign diplomats’ hard questions on 2016 vote

October 31, 2016 10:59 pm

Secretary of State speaks at a joint press conference after a meeting on the situation in Syria at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called this year’s presidential election “embarrassing,” saying his job as the country’s top diplomat has become more difficult.
“There are moments when it is downright embarrassing,” Kerry told students at an event with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during a visit to Britain on Monday. “This election has been difficult for our country’s perception abroad.”

Trump addresses a campaign rally at the Deltaplex Arena October 31, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo by AFP)

He made the remarks as the campaigns of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton were struggling with several controversies.
Trump has been under fire over his lewd and humiliating remarks about women while Clinton has been getting a lot of flak over her use of a private email during her tenure as secretary of state.
Last month, a 2005 audiotape was released of Trump’s comments about groping and kissing women without consent, which profoundly affected his campaign.
Clinton’s favorability has also decreased dramatically since FBI Director James Comey’s Friday move, which has led to revival of an investigation into Clinton’s email scandal.

Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, on October 31, 2016. (Photo by AFP)  

Meanwhile, the business mogul has called the country’s election process “rigged”, with Clinton saying that he is straying into authoritarianism.
“There are times when it steps out of any norm that I’ve known — and I ran for president in 2004,” Kerry said. “I could never imagine debates that were not focused on real issues, so it’s been a real change.”
“The way it’s made it difficult for me is that, you know, when you sit down with some foreign ministers in another country, or a prime minister of another country, and you say ‘hey, you know we really want you to move more authoritatively towards democracy’, they look at you…They’re polite but you can see the question in their head and in their eyes and in their expression. It’s hard.”
According to an ABC /Washington Post Tracking Poll released Monday, 59 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of Clinton, and an identical percentage of voters dislike Trump.
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