Former U.S. Rep. Allen West, a firebrand conservative who represented a portion of Palm Beach County from 2011 to 2013, visited Trump Tower in New York today and met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence about possibly serving in President-elect Donald Trump‘s administration.
According to a pool report, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. West told reporters he met with Pence and with Trump’s incoming national security adviser and deputy national security adviser — Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn and K.T. McFarland.
West, Flynn and McFarland emerged from an elevator about 1:50 p.m., according to the report by Julie Davis of The New York Times.
“We talked about some national security issues, and you know how maybe I can continue to serve my country,” said West, who lost a 2012 re-election bid and is now executive director of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative think tank based in Texas.
Asked if any particular job in the Trump administration was offered or discussed, West said: “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 declined to offer an opinion on potential candidates for secretary of State.
“He can choose whoever he wants for secretary of State. I’m just considering how I can best serve this country and through this administration,” West said.
West was elected during the tea party wave of 2010 to a Palm Beach-Broward congressional seat after unseating Democratic Rep. Ron Klein. When the 2012 redistricting gave West’s district a Democratic tilt, West ran in a more GOP-friendly Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district but was defeated by Democrat Patrick Murphy.