Britain's new top diplomat is the shaggy-haired, Latin-spouting Boris Johnson, who in recent months has made insulting and vulgar comments about the presidents of the United States and Turkey. And those are just his recent gaffes. He also made shocking remarks about Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and supportive remarks for the PKK terrorist organization. When Johnson returned to his London home after the appointment, a neighbor had placed a sign next to Johnson's house saying: "SORRY WORLD." One of the leading figures in the Brexit Leave campaign, Johnson was once seen as a possible prime minister himself, but failed to win the support of party colleagues.
The 52-year-old has made a long string of racist and insensitive comments dating back to his early career in journalism. He has apologized before and seems likely to do so again. He said after his surprise appointment that "the United States of America will be in the front of the queue" for his next apology, apparently because of his comments about U.S. President Barack Obama's ancestry. Johnson was a prominent leader of the successful campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, harboring his own leadership hopes, making him a factor for Prime Minister Theresa May to deal with as she tries to unify the sharply divided Conservative Party. But her decision to put Johnson on the world stage, dealing with foreign leaders, is raising questions, largely because of his propensity for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, sometimes in the most vulgar way.
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