The Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, welcomed the new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, to the Pentagon Thursday.
Mattis meets Bolton: "I heard that you're actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you." pic.twitter.com/MIXJRhJLys
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) March 29, 2018
Mattis welcomed Bolton and thanked him for the visit and the pair began walking into the Pentagon. As the two powerful military men were entering the building a camera picked up an off-mic moment. Mattis told Bolton, “I heard you’re actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you,” Mattis joked.
JUST IN! Mattis first words to Bolton on Pentagon steps. Mattis joking in an off mic moment said, “I heard you’re actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you.” Bolton laughed.
— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) March 29, 2018
Bolton is replacing former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, who had a combative relationship with Trump. Over the last few weeks, Trump has outed a large portion of his diplomatic and national security team. The Secretary of State, Secretary of the VA and National Security Advisor have all been replaced.