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Allen West back at Trump Tower, plays down calls for probe into Russia

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December

Former Florida Rep. Allen West is back at Trump Tower this morning and downplayed talk of an investigation into possible Russian meddling in the election.

"I think there are more important things," the tea party favorite told reporters before heading upstairs. "We’re about to see a collapse in Syria, Iraq is falling apart. the Iran nuclear deal is horrific. China and Russia are expanding. I think that’s where we need to focus your intelligence efforts."

The following is his exchange with the pool reporters. Today is the second time West has visited.

Q: What brings you to Trump tower?

A: "Last time I was here I forgot my umbrella. Just back for another chat that’s it. A lot going on."

Q: With mr. Trump:

A: "We’ll see when I get up there."

Q: Are you advising him on national security issues?

A: "We’ll see when I get up there."

Q: What's your take on the reports that the CIA believes Russia hacked the election to help Trump?

A: "It just seems that we need to focus on what’s most important. what’s happening with Syria right now. Aleppo is about to fall."

Q: With all of that going on the world Trump doesn't want daily intelligence briefings. What's your response to that?

A: "I think a lot of that will change. There’s a lot of difference between being out of the seat and being in the seat."

Q: Should there be a bipartisan investigation of Russia hacking?

A: "I think there are more important things. We’re about to see a collapse in Syria, Iraq is falling apart. the Iran nuclear deal is horrific. China and Russia are expanding. I think that’s where we need to focus your intelligence efforts."

Q: Are you interested in a job?

A: "I don’t know. They need a groundskeeper I think in the White House."

[Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2016 9:35am]

    

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