Theresa May's efforts to forge a close relationship with Washington got off to a bumpy start as USA secretary of state John Kerry appeared to bang his head on the door of Number 10.
Newly appointed British foreign secretary Boris Johnson held his first joint press conference with his American counterpart, secretary of state John Kerry, today (July 19) in London.
Making his first visit since Theresa May became prime minister, Kerry said he was "amazed" at the speed of a transition that saw her move into the prime minister's London residence last Wednesday - right after David Cameron moved out.
"And I think most people who read these things in their proper context can see exactly what was intended".
The pair "talked about implementing the Paris climate change agreement" added Kerry, perhaps unaware Johnson wrote the 2015 deal was agreed because last December was hot.
Why had he dismissed US President Barack Obama's concerns about Britain's European Union membership referendum as the prejudices of a "half-Kenyan" anti-imperialist?
Pressed further, Mr. Johnson refused to apologize and said he'd written so many articles that "it would really take me too long to engage in any full apology to all concerned".
The Secretary of State seemed keen to build up his new friend "Boris" and revealed that the U.S. ambassador to the European Union had been a contemporary of Johnson's at Oxford University and still spoke highly of him. "But that's not the way the people of this country voted".
Noting that the United Kingdom was unable to sign an agreement until after it has left the EU, Kerry nonetheless said: "We are absolutely prepared to engage in conversations, it would be irresponsible not to".
Appearing with US Secretary of State John Kerry, he played down remarks about US President Barack Obama and Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton.
A ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russian Federation went into effect in Syria on February 27, but it does not apply to the Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups.
Ayrault told a post-meeting news conference that the frequently flamboyant Johnson behaved with "a certain modesty" at the session. Britain's Daily Mail reports that Brussels continues to call for "calm" and to warn that European Union nationals must be treated with dignity despite the British government refusing to guarantee their status.
"I want us to reshape Britain's profile as an even greater global nation - a Britain that is more active, more outward-facing, more energetic on the world stage than ever before", he said.