Trump’s national security adviser seems to have abandoned his firebrand persona – and in Moscow the change of tone was striking

The trademark walrus moustache was still there, and the penetrating gaze was just the same, but in almost every other way the new John Bolton and the old John Bolton seemed very different.

The old Bolton was a firebrand pundit, raining derision from television talk shows and editorials on US diplomats promoting compromise with America’s enemies. Almost a year ago he wrote a commentary describing Vladimir Putin as a serial liar responsible for an “act of war’ in the form of his interference in the US election and warned: “We negotiate with Russia at our peril”.

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