Former Florida Rep. Allen West met Monday with members of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, discussing "how maybe I can continue to serve my country."
West, a Republican firebrand who now lives in Texas, entered Trump Tower in New York holding a patch-adorned camouflage tote bag, and cracking jokes to repoerters.
"I'm just here to talk about the weather," said West, a tea-party favorite who, after a single term, lost reelection in 2012 to Patrick Murphy.
When West left the building more than 90 minutes later, he told reporters he had sat down with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, National Security Adviser-designate Michael Flynn, and Deputy National Security Adviser-designate KT McFarland.
"We talked about some national security issues, and, you know, how maybe I can continue to serve my country," West said. He added that he got no specific job offer.
"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.
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