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

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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.