A humorous moment as Defense Secretary James Mattis greeted incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton has sent liberals into a tailspin.
An off-microphone exchange captured the greeting on the steps of the Pentagon Thursday as the two men met for the first time.
“I heard you’re actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you,” Mattis joked as the men walked up the steps and into the Pentagon building.
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
this is funny ?? https://t.co/RR3TRHdRUE
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) March 29, 2018
— Lara Seligman (@laraseligman) March 29, 2018
Classic Mad Dog. https://t.co/Guj2dSH9dV
— Russ Read (@RussCanRead) March 29, 2018
Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations, is replacing former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster who was fired by President Trump.
And while there was some speculation that Mattis and Bolton would have some clashes over issues, the defense secretary told reporters Tuesday that he had no concerns over their working relationship.
Yesterday Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that he has “no reservations, no concerns at all” about working with Bolton, who in addition to hawkish views has history of abusive workplace behavior. “Last time I checked, he’s an American and I can work with an American, okay?” https://t.co/VeCXaA05K3
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) March 29, 2018
“We’re going to sit down together (this week), and I look forward to working with him. No reservations. No concerns at all,” Mattis said.
And while many, including Bolton, saw the humor in Mattis’ remark Thursday, liberals were not laughing and some seemed genuinely alarmed.
Hahaha. Nuclear apocalypse humor is the best. https://t.co/2KrV9pgnvJ
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) March 29, 2018
“Nah, I just want to launch the world into war.” Bolton, moments later, probably. https://t.co/XfZqwuFnPE
— Will Fischer (@will_c_fischer) March 29, 2018
BRB — going to build a fallout shelter. https://t.co/YtbKDwGNeU
— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) March 29, 2018
It’s all fun and games until Korea is engulfed in flames https://t.co/dS7RwkL5dc
— Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) March 29, 2018
Laugh now. https://t.co/DvpBfGN7bt
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) March 29, 2018
So happy to hear this nightmare is such a knee slapper.
— President Dennison (@jamesrubyworks) March 29, 2018
So funny, starting wars with everybody, hilarious, let’s all laugh….. ?
— FrozenSun11 (@frozensun11) March 29, 2018
Oh yeah, that’s just hilarious ? #WeAreAllGoingToDie
— Crowley Resists™❄? (@RogueEvildoer) March 29, 2018
— Julie Meyer (@kstigerlily) March 30, 2018
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