UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson Grilled About His Anti-Hillary Clinton and Obama Comments

"Brexit" campaigner Boris Johnson would prefer instead to "get on with it."

Johnson, known for his undiplomatic ways, once wrote that Obama harbored a “part-Kenyan’s ancestral dislike for the British empire,” and described Clinton in a newspaper column as "a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.”

Johnson responded today, "I'm afraid that there is such a rich thesaurus now of things that I've said. It would really take me too long to engage in a full, global itinerary of apologies to all concerned."

The U.K.'s foreign secretary stressed, instead, the need to address important issues at stake.

Kerry stuck to the high-ground today.

"Our ambassador to the E.U. in Brussels, who I just spent the evening with the other night, had the privilege of going to Oxford [University] with Boris Johnson," he said. "And he talked to me about some great experiences that they had together there, and he told me that this man is a very smart and capable man. That's the Boris Johnson I intend to work with."

Laughing, Johnson said, "Please, stop. That's fine, that's great. Thank you."

"It's called diplomacy, Boris,” Kerry said.

Kerry, after describing his first meeting with the newly appointed minister, said, "I know Boris is fully prepared to jump into our agenda and has the readiness to see it through, with same sense of purpose [as his predecessors]."