John Kerry: US election is 'downright embarrassing'

John Kerry addressing a group of students in London today Credit: ITV News

The US Secretary of State has said his country's presidential election is “downright embarrassing”.

Speaking at a Q&A for London sixth-formers alongside Mayor Sadiq Khan, John Kerry added that the election had stepped “out of any norm”.

Asked about how the election has impacted on US relations abroad, Mr Kerry said: "This election has been difficult for our country's perception abroad. There are moments when it is downright embarrassing."

He added: "I could never imagine debates that were not focused on real issues."