No One Knows Whether To Laugh Or Cry Over UK’s New Foreign Minister

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Sameera Ehteram
Though Boris Johnson says he is "very humble, very proud to be offered this chance," an overwhelming majority of people at home and abroad beg to differ.

Behold, one of the first things Britain’s new prime minister did was to appoint Boris Johnson as foreign secretary.

Yes, she did.

British Labour Party Member of Parliament Angela Eagle’s reaction when she was told of Johnson’s appointment says it all:

And here’s U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner trying to maintain his composure:

And here’s what the rest of the world (not to mention people at home) has to say:

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No one can blame them. Whatever Johnson’s capabilities and accomplishments may be, he has them hidden somewhere deep inside under layers and layers of politically incorrect statements and goofy acts.

As the foreign secretary, Johnson will have authority over British diplomatic missions, and he will be instrumental in Brexit negotiations with the EU.

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Though Johnson said he was "very humble, very proud to be offered this chance," it is apparent an over whelming majority of people feel differently.

With his history of making offensive comments about other countries, cultures and political leaders, he seemed an odd choice for the position.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has a valid concern: “I cannot believe that Boris Johnson is now going to be the person to represent Britain abroad.

"Presumably Boris Johnson's first act as Foreign Secretary will be to apologize to the President of the United States, and then the leaders of our European partners.

"At this incredibly important time that will determine Britain's economic and cultural relations with Europe, it is extraordinary that the new Prime Minister has chosen someone whose career is built on making jokes."

Boris Johnson very famously declared Barack Obama had a an “ancestral dislike of the British empire” due to his “part-Kenyan” heritage, when he accused the U.S. president of removing a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House.

 

Johnson compared the Russian president to a character straight out of the Harry Potter books, in a 2015 column for The Telegraph newspaper about working with Russia to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Despite looking a bit like Dobby the House Elf, he is a ruthless and manipulative tyrant," he says of Russian Premier Vladimir Putin.

Of Hillary Clinton, he thinks, "She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital; and as I snap out of my trance I slap my forehead in astonishment. How can I possibly want Hillary? I mean, she represents, on the face of it, everything I came into politics to oppose: not just a general desire to raise taxes and nationalize things, but an all-round purse-lipped political correctness."

However, lest one thinks United Kingdom’s new foreign minister is nothing but disaster, he has proven time and again that he is a man of action:

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