NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States, Nov 2 – There has been increasing concern in America and across the globe about future relations with the United States, should Republican Donald Trump win the November 8 election.
The reality of a Trump presidency became stark Tuesday after a new national tracking poll placed him and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton neck-and-neck.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post offering showed Trump barely edging Clinton among likely voters, 46 percent to 45 percent.
But Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster who represents New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District remains confident that “the American people will make the right choice and elect Secretary of State Clinton as US President.”
Kuster, who was responding to a question by Capital FM News in Concord, New Hampshire, said comments by Trump had done a lot of damage to relations between the US and its allies and, Clinton would face a difficult task in reversing the situation once in the White House.
“President Obama is already engaged in this as is Vice President Joe Biden in reassuring our allies… reassuring countries across the world that Mr Trump’s reprehensible comments gender race, and religion do not represent our American values.”
Kuster, a Democrat who was first elected into office in 2012, is seeking a third term in office.
She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978 as part of the College’s third class that included women students, and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984.
She says America is an inclusive society and welcome relations with other counties around the world.
With six days to go to the US election, debate has been riveted around the announcement by James Comey that the Federal Bureau of Investigations had discovered additional emails and is reviewing them to see whether they are related to the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information.
Kuster slammed Comey, saying she was shocked and dismayed by his actions, which went contrary to policy. “He shouldn’t have spoken, particularly with such a cryptic letter.”
“The more we learned about it, the more we realised that it was contact to policy both at the Department of Justice and at the FBI. Two very solid policies; never to comment about an ongoing investigation and secondly, never to comment when you an coming to an election.”
She said Comey had created a much bugger problem for the people who are concerned with the impact it has on the election.
“Now he’s faced with a decision… does he comment about the ongoing FBI investigation into Mr Trump’s staffs connection to the Russian government and their efforts to influence our election.”
Kuster said she was one of the early elected officials who said they were disappointed in the way the emails were handled and accepted Clinton’s apology and endorsed her wholeheartedly.
“She is by far the most prepared, experienced and has the best temperament to be President of the United States.”
Kuster mid this year revealed how she kept silent about sexual assaults she had endured as a young woman for nearly 40 years.
The 59-year-old congresswoman had kept mum all that time and broke her silence to her husband, family and the world.
One of the assaults took place when Kuster, 23 at the time was working as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. She went to dinner with her then boss and a “distinguished guest of the United States Congress.”
She sat between her boss and the guest at a restaurant when she felt the visitor’s hand on her underneath the table.
Kuster has worked for years on the issue of campus sexual assault.
(Michael is participating in a 2016 US General Elections Embed program administered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and sponsored by the US State Department’s Foreign Press Centers and US Embassy Posts).