New national security adviser John Bolton on Trump congratulating Putin: “I’ve said congratulations to a lot of people”

From the March 22 edition of Fox News' The Story with Martha MacCallum:

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MARTHA MACCALLUM (HOST): So in terms of the substance of that discussion with Vladimir Putin, you know, your thoughts on the fact that the president did congratulate him on his election. 

JOHN BOLTON: I don't consider it a significant point one way or the other, really. I’ve said congratulations to a lot of people, foreign diplomats and officials. It's a matter of being polite. The president had other subjects to bring up according to press reporting. I was not involved in any way in the preparations for it. The election just took place. I think it's a matter of courtesy more than anything else. 


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