Boris Johnson's the new UK foreign secretary and Twitter's gone bonkers
Former London mayor has previously suggested US President Barack Obama was 'part-Kenyan' and called Hillary Clinton a 'sadistic nurse in a mental hospital'
On Wednesday, key Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson was handed the reins to British diplomacy after being appointed foreign secretary of the UK in new prime minister Theresa May's cabinet.
Johnson, along with May, was in the running to be the new prime minister after David Cameron resigned, following the UK's vote to quit the European Union. But Johnson ruled himself out of the running early on.
The former mayor of London is no stranger to controversies, and his gaffes have made headlines around the world, including an incident in 2015, where he reportedly knocked down a 10-year-old child while playing touch rugby.
Earlier this year, Johnson penned a five-line poem about Turkish president Erdogan, calling him a "wankerer", which won first place in The Spectator's President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition.
He has previously suggested US president Barack Obama was 'part-Kenyan' in a column for The Sun newspaper, called presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital." In another column for The Telegraph, Johnson said he'd avoid parts of New York to avoid the risk of running into presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Even former president George W. Bush wasn't spared - with Johnson reportedly calling him "a cross-eyed Texan warmonger."
Johnson's appointment to the British foreign office understandably left many perplexed. Eurasia Group's president, Ian Bremmer, took to Twitter to sum up Johnson's appointment.
Upside: Boris Johnson as UK Foreign Secretary is an absolute godsend for social media satire.
Downside: Most other things.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 13, 2016
Labour MP Angela Eagle had a more expressive reaction upon learning of Johnson's appointment.
— Press Association (@PA) July 13, 2016
U.S. State Department's deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, saw the light side of things.
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 13, 2016
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed Johnson's appointment.
Congrats to my friend @BorisJohnson on his big new job - looking forward to working with him on climate, health, and other issues.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 14, 2016
Comedians, sportsmen and journalists also joined in.
Just when Britain was starting to become a laughing stock around the world,
Boris Johnson is appointed foreign secretary.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 13, 2016
Boris Johnson is foreign secretary. So pleased our new Prime Minister has a sense of humour.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 13, 2016
Live footage as Boris Johnson starts to exercise his delicate diplomatic skills in his new role: pic.twitter.com/7yhUXCVJYd
— Robert Wright (@RKWinvisibleman) July 13, 2016