Leaving EU 'does not mean leaving Europe', says Boris Johnson

And Donald Trump didn't indicate his feelings about Johnson's statement that he would avoid certain parts of New York City because of the "real risk of meeting Donald Trump".

Speaking just before Johnson was appointed, Steinmeier said: "It is bitter for Britain".

On Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama called May to congratulate her, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered a tepid response to her choice of foreign secretary.

"It would be geographically, physically, culturally, aesthetically, emotionally and historically impossible", Johnson said, to applause in the garden of the plush residence, a stone's throw from Kensington Palace.

When it comes to U.S. Democrats and Republicans, Johnson seems an equal opportunity offender.

"But if Boris Johnson can realize his potential. he will send that shot of adrenaline through the Foreign Office, through our diplomacy, that is so necessary right now", Meyer told Sky News. French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault said the appointment was "a sign of the British political crisis that has come out of the referendum vote".

It added that Kerry and Johnson agreed that the special relationship between their countries "is as essential as ever".

Johnson was appointed foreign secretary as part of Theresa May's new cabinet.

In a Thursday phone call from Paris, Kerry and Johnson "agreed that the USA -U.K. special relationship is as essential as ever" and pledged to work together as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in facing challenges. "The secretary stressed U.S. support for a sensible and measured approach to the Brexit process and offered to stay engaged as the United Kingdom government develops its plans", U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

Johnson said in an interview in May that the European Union is aiming for a similar goal as Hitler did by trying to build a super-state. "That means fighting against the burning injustice that, if you're born poor, you will die on average nine years earlier than others", she said before pledging that "the government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few" but by the needs of ordinary citizens.

Education secretary Justine Greening and Karen Bradley as new culture, media and sport secretary complete the female line-up of major Cabinet posts.

On Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he hoped Mr Johnson's appointment would signal a new start for UK-Russia ties. Several senior figures in the former government of David Cameron have been fired as May puts her stamp on the government. He says Prime Minister Theresa May should kick off exit talks "as soon as possible". "But now there are completely different political tasks in the foreground".

David Davis outlined his vision for Britain's departure from the European Union on Monday before Andrea Leadsom had stepped down as a leadership candidate and he was formally appointed to government. "Britain is open for business".

May, who had favored a vote to stay in the European Union, must now decide when and how to start official divorce proceedings from the other 27 countries, who are pressing her to move quickly to lift the uncertainty now hanging over them all.

"Clearly British humour has no borders", tweeted former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt.

May won the leadership battle and quickly sacked Gove, who is now seen as treacherous by many Conservatives.

Yet the newspaper-column-writing former Mayor of London Boris Johnson is now the man in charge of Britain's diplomatic efforts across the world.

"The number one challenge is to stabilize the economy, send signals of confidence about the future, the plans we have for the future, to the markets, to businesses, to worldwide investors", Hammond told Sky News.

New British Treasury chief Hammond tried to sound a reassuring note Thursday, pledging that he would not introduce an emergency national budget - even though there are question marks hanging over the economy following the country's decision to leave the EU.

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