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New National Security Adviser John Bolton: Trump’s Congratulatory Putin Call a ‘Matter of Being Polite’

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday evening that his new national security adviser will be John Bolton, a Fox News contributor — and within the hour, Bolton appeared on the network to defend his boss-to-be.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum got right into it, quizzing Bolton on whether the White House shakeup came after it was leaked to the press that Trump defied his advisers to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory.

And Bolton, the former ambassador to the U.N. and noted war-fetishist, decried the leakers.

“When I read about the leak of the notes and the subject of the conversation, I was outraged by it,” Bolton said. “It’s completely unacceptable. You cannot conduct diplomacy, you cannot expect other foreign leaders to be candid and open in their conversations with the president if some munchkin in the executive branch decides they’re going to leak the talking points of the transcript or any other aspect of it.”

“I think this is really a terrible reflection on the individual or individuals that did this,” he continued, surely earning points with the new boss. “They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Bolton also defended Trump’s congratulating Putin on his decisive victory in Russia’s less-than-democratic elections.

“I’ve said congratulations to a lot of people, foreign diplomats and officials,” Bolton contended. “It’s a matter of being polite.”

“It’s a matter of courtesy more than anything else,” he added.

The segment wrapped up with an amazing moment in which McCallum asked Bolton how he would advise Trump on Russia, and Bolton replied that he’s only been thinking about that for the past hour, as he digests the president’s tweet announcing his new (very important) job.

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