Within reporting circles, Anton was known as one of the most vociferous defenders of [H.R.] McMaster — and a principal leaker for his boss. When the National Interest
was the first to report
the [John] Bolton candidacy in January, Anton denied it on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show ….
Others on the populist Right attack Anton for using a pen name (Publius), while others put themselves on the line for Donald Trump: Anton left an exit in case Trump lost (which seemed likely).
My White House source dismissed him as “Bush, [Rudy] Giuliani speechwriter” and complained that the idea of him “as an intellectual” was “overblown.”