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'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 July, 2016, 11:40am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 July, 2016, 12:57pm

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.

Labour MP Angela Eagle had a more expressive reaction upon learning of Johnson's appointment.

U.S. State Department's deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, saw the light side of things.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed Johnson's appointment.

Comedians, sportsmen and journalists also joined in.

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