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Boris Johnson – UK's controversial new foreign secretary






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Britain has surprised the world by naming Boris Johnson as its new Foreign Secretary. Mr Johnson is a controversial figure. He led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and is now Britain's top diplomat. However, he has a record of being very undiplomatic. He called Hillary Clinton a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital and compared Russia's Vladimir Putin to a Harry Potter creature. He also made racist comments about African countries.

A British newspaper said Mrs May, "had managed to unite the international community in bewilderment by her appointment of Boris Johnson". Journalists in Germany wondered whether British politics was really a comedy show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after offending much of the world. Mr Johnson ignored the comments. He said his job was to make Britain a "great global player".

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