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Boris Johnson’s Press Meet as UK Foreign Sec is Super Awkward

It was Boris Johnson’s first London press conference since he was appointed Foreign Secretary of UK.

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Boris Johnson at the press conference in London. (Photo: AP)

Being called an “outrageous liar” was perhaps not the ideal start to Boris Johnson’s tenure as Britain’s Foreign Secretary. But Johnson stood tall (and sweaty), as the media ripped into him, calling his claims in the past “wild exaggerations and frankly outright lies”.

It was a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in London, symbolic of close US-UK relations, in the wake of Brexit.

Johnson insisted that many of his remarks in the past had been misconstrued, and it would take him “too long to engage in a full global itinerary of apology to all concerned”.

He had to tackle uncomfortable questions about various statements he had made in the past, including controversial ones where he accused US President Obama of harbouring a “part-Kenyan, ancestral dislike for the British Empire”, and likened Hillary Clinton to a “sadistic nurse in a mental hospital”.

Watch snippets of the rather awkward press conference below:

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