Michael Anton, the top spokesman for the National Security Council will leave his role in the administration, the White House confirmed Sunday night.
“Michael is one of the smartest and most talented individuals I’ve ever worked with – not to mention an amazing chef. He has been more than a colleague, he is a true friend. Everyday I got to work with Michael was a good day and he will be greatly missed,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Reporting did not indicate that Anton left due to bad blood, but his departure coincides with beginning of John Bolton’s run as national security adviser. Anton was brought on by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year, but spent most of his time working under H.R. McMaster.
Anton is known for an essay he wrote during the 2016 election making the case for conservatives to back Donald Trump as a presidential candidate.
He told Politico that he will become a lecturer and writer at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center.
“I will be forever grateful to President Trump for the opportunity to serve my country and implement his agenda,” Anton told Politico.