(CNSNews.com) – If Donald Trump is viewed as often indiscreet in his public statements, the politician named Wednesday as the top diplomat of Washington’s closest transatlantic ally could give him a run for his money.
Boris Johnson, the tousled-haired former London mayor who was tipped for 10 Downing Street after Britain voted to leave the European Union – a cause Johnson championed – has instead been appointed foreign secretary by the incoming prime minister, Theresa May.
Johnson’s appointment to the top cabinet post just a fortnight after he abruptly withdrew from contention to replace former Prime Minister David Cameron, suggests he is far from a spent force in British politics.
Whatever his future prospects, his new post calls for diplomatic qualities Johnson has not always displayed in the past – at a time when Britain negotiates its tricky disentanglement from the E.U.
No fan of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Trump, Johnson does share at least one trait with the billionaire entrepreneur apart from links to New York (Johnson was born there) and interesting hair: an aversion to political correctness.
A journalist and editor of The Spectator before entering parliament, Johnson continued while serving as an MP (2001-2008) and later as London’s mayor (2008-2016) to write columns for conservative newspapers, providing a platform for his sometimes provocative views.
In a Daily Telegraph column in 2007, Johnson described Hillary Clinton, who was then running for the Democratic presidential nomination, in less than flattering terms.
“She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital,” he wrote, comparing Clinton as First Lady to “a mixture between Cherie Blair and Lady Macbeth, stamping her heel, bawling out subordinates and frisbeeing ashtrays at her erring husband.”