Boris Johnson has earned a reputation as Britain's most flamboyant politician, a man whose impressive vocabulary is matched only by his ability to offend at every turn.
So eyebrows were raised when Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, named Johnson as foreign secretary in her Cabinet on Wednesday.
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The job is one of the most senior roles in the British government. Like Secretary of State John Kerry, the British foreign secretary acts as the country's top diplomat.
One problem: Johnson has a wild history of making stunningly undiplomatic comments about world leaders — the people he will now have to work with. Here are just a few:
1. Hillary Clinton the 'Sadistic Nurse'
As well as his $180,000 government salary, Johnson also bags a cool $365,000 per year to write a weekly column in Britain's Daily Telegraph.
In Nov. 2007, he used his column to endorse Hillary Clinton during her first presidential bid. Except he had a rather strange way of showing his support.
"She's got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital," he wrote of the Democratic candidate.
Clinton, he said, had carried out the job of First Lady like "Lady Macbeth, stamping her heel, bawling out subordinates and frisbeeing ashtrays at her erring husband."
In fact, Johnson's only reason for supporting Clinton was because he wanted her husband back in the White House.
"For all who love America, it is time to think of supporting Hillary, not because we necessarily want her for herself but because we want Bill in the role of First Husband," he said.
2. Obama the 'Part-Kenyan President'
During the Brexit referendum, Johnson was one of the leading voices of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.
This put him on the opposite side of the argument to President Barack Obama, and Johnson — the New York-born former London mayor — didn't pull any punches.
Writing in The Sun tabloid, Johnson called Obama a "part-Kenyan president" — referring to the birth country of Obama's father — and said the president had an "ancestral dislike of the British empire."
Johnson said Obama's views on the EU were "incoherent ... inconsistent and ... downright hypocritical."
Lawmakers from Britain's opposition Labour Party reacted furiously, calling the comments "dog-whistle racism," saying Johnson was a "moron" and accusing him of espousing "the worst Tea Party rhetoric."
Although Obama didn't react directly to Johnson's jibe, the White House had previously dismissed the former London mayor's "well-established reputation for rhetorical flourishes."