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Boris Johnson appointed Foreign Secretary of U.K.

14 Jul 2016 | By Mansi Motwani

Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London, was made Foreign Secretary in New Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet.

In his new position as Foreign Secretary, Johnson replaced Philip Hammond, who became the chancellor.

Along with Theresa May, Boris Johnson too was running for Prime Minister after the resignation of David Cameron, but dropped out of the running early on.

In context: Boris Johnson and the controversies he's fallen into

AboutWho is Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson's full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, and he is a British politician, author and journalist.

He held the office of Mayor from 2008-2016 and served as MP for Henley from 2001-2008.

His career in journalism began at The Times and he took editorship of The Spectator from 1999-2005.

Boris Johnson is a controversial figure in British politics and journalism.

Boris Johnson at The Times

A trainee reporter at The Times, Boris Johnson was sacked from the newspaper for falsifying a quote.
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2005Johnson's questionable comments on Chinese culture and table tennis

In a column for The Telegraph, Boris Johnson wrote, "Compared with the old British Empire, Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil, and unlikely to increase. Chinese culture seems to stay firmly in China."

During the Beijing Olympics, Johnson made a statement that China, that excels at table-tennis, did not truly invent the game and that it was copied from an English game called "wiff-waff."

May 2016Boris and his offensive poetry on President Erdoğan

British magazine, The Spectator, ran a competition asking its readers to submit an offensive poetry on the President of Turkey.

Boris Johnson, winner of the competition, wrote, "There was a young fellow from Ankara, Who was a terrific wankerer, Till he sowed his wild oats, With the help of a goat, But he didn't even stop to thankera."

American LeadersBoris Johnson's opinions of United States' Presidents

In 2003, in an unsigned editorial, Johnson described U.S. President George W. Bush as "a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who [epitomizes] the arrogance of American foreign policy."

In April 2016, he claimed President Obama removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office in 2009 because "it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British empire."

Accused of sexism

In Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign, Boris Johnson described her as "a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital." He has also been accused of passing sexist comments against Mrs.Clinton by saying, "If Bill can deal with Hillary, he can surely deal with any global crisis."
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New PMTheresa May: The likely heir to Cameron

On 30th June, 2016, Theresa May announced her candidacy to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned after the EU membership referendum.

Despite of being a supporter of the "Remain" campaign, Theresa May advocated the need for unity, saying, "Brexit means Brexit."

In a Sky Data Snap Poll conducted on 30th June, 47% of the public preferred May as their Conservative candidate for PM.

14 Jul 2016Boris Johnson appointed Foreign Secretary of U.K.

World reacts to Boris Johnson's appointment

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Mr. Johnson a liar with "his back against the wall" and another EU journalist said: "Everyone in the European Parliament thinks it's a bad joke and that the Brits have lost it."