Blunt-speaking John Bolton, next US National Security Adviser, in a class of his own

Then US ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaking in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Feb 24, 2017.
Then US ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaking in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Feb 24, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - Mr John Bolton is reported to have kept a defused hand grenade on his desk at the State Department during the administration of former Republican President George W. Bush, when he served as undersecretary of state for arms control - a role in which he championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Uncharacteristically blunt-speaking American diplomats are not unusual, but even by the usual standards President Donald Trump's 69-year-old incoming National Security Adviser is in a class of his own.

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