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Former Florida Rep. Allen West seeking job with Trump?

Allen West at Trump Tower

The Associated Press

Allen West at Trump Tower



Former Florida Rep. Allen West paid a visit to Trump Tower today and met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

"We talked about some national security issues, and you know how maybe I can continue to serve my country," West told reporters.

"Nothing was offered. I mean they know my reputation very well. I'm just a simple soldier and I'm the third of four generations that served this country going back to my father in World War II, and we still have a relative of ours that is continuing to serve in the Army now."

West showed up about 12:10 p.m. and was coy with reporters. "I'm just here to talk about the weather," he quipped, according to a pool report.

A pool reporter observed him "holding a camouflage- and patch-adorned tote bag and his signature round-framed glasses. He posed for selfies with lobby gawkers and then boarded the elevator with an aide who had arrived to escort him."

West's congressional career was short-lived, defeated in 2012 by Patrick Murphy, but he made a national name for himself with a tea party brand of politics.

The private talk also included KT McFarland, whom Trump has picked to be his deputy national security adviser.

After, West was asked what he thinks of the people Trump is considering for Secretary of State. "He can choose whoever he wants for secretary of state," he replied. "I'm just considering how I can best serve this country and through this administration."

He then wished the pool a Merry Christmas and was gone.

[Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2016 2:33pm]


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