Boris Johnson was embarrassingly forced on to the back foot during his first London press conference as foreign secretary on Tuesday as he was repeatedly pressed to explain his past “outright lies” and insults about world leaders, including describing the US president as part-Kenyan and hypocritical.

Standing alongside John Kerry, the US secretary of state, Johnson claimed his remarks had been misconstrued, that his past journalism had been taken out of context, and world leaders he had met since his appointment fully understood his past remarks.

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Reporters from outlets in the U.S. and the U.K. each asked two questions, and each question contained some variation on one theme: Johnson. The foreign secretary, who led the charge for the U.K. to leave the EU, looked visibly uncomfortable as he chuckled and mumbled his way through the answers. At one point he responded:

Johnson had a chance to allay concerns about his errant quips at a joint press conference with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, at the Foreign Office in London on Tuesday, his first media appearance since May announced his appointment. But then journalist Brad Klapper of the AP asked him a 90-second question about his remarks on President Obama’s “Kenyan heritage” and his likening of Hillary Clinton to “a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital. democracy new world order alex jones infowars rant trump clinton vote election symbolism illuminati collapse end game economy gold silver bullion usd gbp collapse pound

“In all your years as as statesman,” he was asked by one reporter, “have you ever come across anybody quite like Boris Johnson?”

Kerry’s reply was—how to put it—diplomatic?

“I’ve spent 28 years in the United State Senate, a year-and-a-half, two years, as a lieutenant governor. I was a prosecutor for many years. I ran for president of the United States, and I’ve now been secretary of state for three-and-a-half years,” he said. “I’ve met everybody in the world like Boris Johnson—or not. I don’t know even know what you mean: like Boris Johnson.” He said it would possible to control immigration once Britain had completed the process of leaving the EU. “What is certainly possible post-leaving the EU, and once we end our obligations under uncontrolled free movement, it will be possible to have a system of control,” he told reporters.