|Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategic Communications|
February 8, 2017
|Preceded by||Ben Rhodes|
|Born||1970 (age 47–48)|
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (BA)
St. John's College, Annapolis (MALA)
Claremont Graduate University (MA)
Michael Anton (born 1970) is a senior national security official in the Trump administration. He is best known for his pseudonymous essays written during the 2016 Presidential campaign in which he supported Donald Trump and collaborated on the pro-Trump Journal of American Greatness blog. Anton was named Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategic Communications on the United States National Security Council. He is a former speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush's National Security Council, and has worked as director of communications at investment bank Citigroup and as managing director of investing firm BlackRock.
In a March 2016 essay written under the pseudonym Publius Decius Mus, Anton said, while defending the "America First" slogan, that the America First Committee which had opposed the U.S. engaging in World War II had been "unfairly maligned"; he also argued that Islam "is a militant faith" and that "only an insane society" would take in Muslim immigrants after the September 11 attacks.
His pseudonymous September 2016 editorial "The Flight 93 Election" compared the prospect of conservatives letting Hillary Clinton win with passengers not charging the cockpit of the Al Qaeda-hijacked flight. According to commentator Jonathan Chait, Anton's editorial claimed that a Trump defeat in the 2016 U.S. presidential election would have meant the end of "white America" and "conservative America".
In the beginning, Anton attended Claremont Graduate University, an incubator for conservative thinkers. He became a speechwriter and press secretary for New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, then took a mid-level job at the NSC in the George W. Bush administration. As the Weekly Standard reported, he was part of the team that pushed for the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Anton left the government in 2005 and became a speechwriter for Rupert Murdoch at News Corp., followed by several years in the communications shop at Citigroup, then a year and a half as a managing director at BlackRock, the asset management firm.
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