US Defense Secretary James Mattis was caught on camera joking with incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton during their first meeting Thursday.
Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations, is known for a bombastic style.
“Ambassador Bolton, so good to see you. Thanks for coming and it’s good to finally meet you. I heard that you’re actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you,” Mattis said.
The two laughed as they entered the Pentagon for their first official meeting.
Bolton replaces H.R. McMaster, a three-star general who had increasingly clashed with US President Donald Trump.