Mattis jokes to Bolton: ‘you’re actually the devil incarnate’

Matt Saintsing
March 29, 2018 - 2:30 pm

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was caught in a hot-mic moment Thursday, when he joked to President Trump’s in-coming national security adviser John Bolton that he was “actually the devil incarnate.”

“It’s good to finally meet you,” Mattis said to Bolton, a former Ambassador to the United Nations. “I heard that you’re actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you."

Trump named Bolton as his new national security adviser, who will assume the new role April 9. Current national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said he will retire from the Army when he exists the Trump administration next month.