In an off-mic moment caught by the media, Secretary of Defense General James Mattis and newly appointed adviser John Bolton had an unsettling exchange upon entering the Pentagon.
As Mattis greeted Bolton, the first words that came out of his mouth were:
“It’s good to finally meet you, since I’ve heard that you’re the devil incarnate.”
Watch the moment via Youtube, below:
Now, Mattis is notorious for his quick and witty remarks, but this joke may have been taken a little too far. Bolton’s selection to be national security adviser was immediately controversial, stoking fears that hints interventionist views might push the president closer to armed international conflict. In other words, this guy will set the stages of a nuclear war.
Bolton has suggested, on multiple occasions, the possibility of a preemptive attack on North Korea to eliminate its nuclear arsenal, a position Mattis strongly opposes. Trump’s decision to appoint Bolton was so farfetched that even former President Carter opposed it, saying it was “the worst mistake” Trump has made in office so far.
“I have been concerned at some of the things he’s decided. I think his last choice for national security adviser was very ill-advised. I think John Bolton has been the worst mistake he’s made.”
Many on Twitter thought Mattis’s initial joke was not humorous, but frighteningly accurate:
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
We can all chuckle over it as the nukes rain down.
— (dissident) (@__dissident__) March 29, 2018
Only Satan himself would laugh at that 👹
— Louise (@LouiseSchul1009) March 29, 2018
NONE OF THIS IS FUNNY! Joking about a warmonger?
— Paulette Feeney (@PauletteParis1) March 29, 2018
He may have meant it as a joke, but Mattis’s comment only instilled more fear. The potential of imminent war is surely not a laughing matter.
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