Joe Biden tipped to make Barack Obama his next UK ambassador in blow to Johnson

President-elect Joe Biden won't take office until late January, but he's already putting together his core team.

Unlike Donald Trump, Joe Biden is tapping experts in various fields, rather than relatives and friends, to build his squad.

One key job is the ambassador to the UK, and incoming President Biden may just be making a very controversial selection.

Barack Obama is just 59, nearly 20 years younger than Biden and Trump, and still has a lot of working life in him.

According to one senior Tory figure, Biden is thinking of appointing his old boss as the Ambassador to the Court of St James's – as Americans call their UK ambassadors.

The well-placed source quoted by the Sunday Times, says: "I have heard there is a possibility that Obama could be asked as a thank-you."

That might put Boris Johnson in a sticky position. He has more than once made remarks about America's 44th president that might be considered insulting.

Writing in the Sun in 2012 about the decision to remove a bust of British wartime leader Winston Churchill from the Oval Office shortly after Obama took office, Johnson, who was mayor of London art the time, said: "Some said it was a snub to Britain.

"Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender."

In fact, Johnson had got his facts wrong and the bust was only ever on loan to the Oval Office for the duration of George W Bush's presidency.

It was moved elsewhere in the White House in 2012.

Tommy Vietor, a former spokesman for President Obama, reminded Boris Johnson of his careless words this week, tweeting: "We will never forget your racist comments about Obama and slavish devotion to Trump."

Senator Chris Coons, who has been tipped to become Biden's Secretary of State, also commented on Mr Johnson's remarks about Mr Obama, he said: "That certainly wasn't well-received on my part."

He added: "But frankly, rather than re-litigating or revisiting comments that may have been made days or years ago, I think as we reimagine our engagement with our vital allies around the world, it's important in a post-Trump era to have an open mind about how we can work together, especially with nations as important to the United States as the United Kingdom."

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