On Monday, the media couldn’t stop talking about Donald and Ivanka Trump’s meeting with Al Gore and what it might mean about climate change. However, while they were being star-struck by the former presidential candidate and hockey-stick aficionado, a much more important person was entering Trump Tower virtually unnoticed.
He told the outlet that he discussed national security issues with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, retired Gen. Michael Flynn and national security adviser K.T. McFarland.
According to the Palm Beach Post, West did not offer an opinion on who should be secretary of state.
“He (Trump) 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 apparently not offered a position in the administration, but the implication was clear: President-elect Trump was willing to listen to voices in the right wing of the Republican Party.
“I mean, they know my reputation very well,” he said. “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.”
According to WND, West had considered running for the 2016 GOP nomination. During a 2014 speech before a Republican leadership convention in New Orleans, he laid out a message for the GOP that could have well been the blueprint for Trump’s electoral win.
“I have a message for Washington: You don’t compromise your principles,” he said.
“Today we stand on an ideological battlefield where we look across and we see the Democrats. We see the left. We see the progressive socialists. We see the secular humanists. We see radical Islam. But are we going to run away? Will we not stand at this moment of time to fight for what is so sacred to us as American people? And that is our freedom,” he continued.
“Having been on battlefields, I know we as Republicans have the courage to press forward to secure the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans,” he added. “The American people are waiting for someone to come on the battlefield and say, ‘rally around me!’”
That man, it turns out, was Donald Trump. Will Col. Allen West serve in his administration? Time will tell, but one thing is for certain: His visit on Monday was certainly a lot more important than that of Al Gore.
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