Appointed British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson did a news conference with Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday. After leading the movement for Brexit in the UK, Johnson quickly abandoned his efforts to become Prime Minister. His appointment to British Foreign Secretary by New Prime Minister Theresa May was seen as controversial, as many noted how quick he was to avoid dealing with the situation in Britain he helped to create.
Johnson, standing beside his U.S. counterpart, refused to take back any of the past insults he made regarding President Obama and Hilary Clinton.
“I’m afraid that there is such a rich thesaurus now of things that I have said that are being one way or another, through what alchemy I do not know, somehow misconstrued that it would really take me too long to engage in a full, global itinerary of apology to all concerned,” Mr. Johnson said.
Recently, Johnson accused President Obama of having “ancestral dislike of the British Empire.” In 2007, he compared Clinton to the Shakespeare villainess Lady Macbeth, writing that she,
“got dyed blond hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.”
In the past, he has also insulted the likes of Vladimir Putin, comparing him to Dobby, the house elf in Harry Potter. He wrote a limerick about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that called him a “terrific wanker,” and accused him of bestiality. He’s even gone so far as to insult the entire commonwealth, saying, “..the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccanninies.”
Throughout the conference, reporters wanted to know why Secretary Kerry should trust him, given his “unusually long history of wild exaggerations and frankly outright lies.” Johnson instructed the press to remain focused on the “very heavy agenda we have before us today.”
Boris said he remained optimistic for Britain’s global presence in the future.
“I want us to reshape Britain’s profile as an even greater global nation,”
said Mr. Johnson, who wrote a book on Winston Churchill.
“A Britain that is more active, more outward facing, more energetic on the world stage than ever before.”
Secretary Kerry enthusiastically latched on, listing a myriad of conflicts around the world he was working to resolve, including in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, North Korea and the South China Sea. He made it clear that he needed Britain’s help.
“I’m convinced that this U.K. government intends to lead strongly as ever in NATO, the U.N. security, the G-7, the G-20, the counter-Daesh coalition, which will meet in Washington in a couple of days,” Mr. Kerry said.
Concerning trade agreements with Britain, Kerry said that they would have to wait until the British formally leave the European Union, although discussions about future trade relations could begin in the meantime. Johnson had assured voter that Britain would be able to make trade deals quickly and easily.
Johnson and Kerry will continue to meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday.