President Donald Trump has said that he admires Boris Johnson, and the way that he dealt with the row over the former UK ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch.
Faced with a mounting diplomatic problem over leaked emails from Sir Kim in which he described the Trump administration as "clumsy and inept", Mr Johnson should have given Sir Kim his backing, and found a mutually agreeable solution.
Instead, Johnson looked for the nearest fence on which to sit, and, during a live TV debate with Jeremy Hunt over the Tory party leadership, refused to give the ambassador his support, saying only that Britain had a special relationship with the US.
Clearly, this involves not being able to call a spade a spade.
Today, however, President Trump said he had the utmost respect for Johnson. He tweeted:
"Boris has got big balls. Or so they tell me. In any case, it was exemplary of him to stand aside and watch whilst that dopey guy got pushed under the train wheels. Anybody who can do that to one of his own men, like me, is someone worth patting on the head. Good boy, Boris!"