Colonel Allen West met with President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy team on Monday, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Mike Flynn and KT McFarland.
West told reporters at Trump Tower in New York that he discussed national security issues with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, retired Gen. Mike Flynn, and Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland on Monday. Trump selected Flynn as his national security adviser and named McFarland as his deputy national security adviser in November.
Even though West said that no particular position was offered to him, he did have a lot to say, and when asked about secretary of state position, he had this to say:
“We talked about some national security issues, and you know how maybe I can continue to serve my country. I mean they know my reputation very well. I’m just a simple soldier. He can choose whoever he wants for secretary of state.”
Though, if you know West’s resume’ or anything about his past at all, it’s not the Secretary of State position that you think about first, it’s Secretary of Homeland Security that comes to mind. Allen West would be perfect for the SHS position given his track record, and its Flynn who would be a HUGE factor in choosing the right candidate for this position. This is why we think West was there.
Even though it is just speculation at this point, the only 2 people that have been rumored for the SHS position is Rudy Giuliani and Michael McCaul (US Congresman TX.) Though these two “rumored” candidates aren’t quite the correct fit for this position to the politically trained eye. Additionally Giuliani has been rumored for several other positions including Secretary of State which he would be much better suited for.
WHY WEST IS BEST FOR SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
On West’s website, he has been majorly outspoken regarding homeland security issues, including some articles like this one and many more. West was born in Georgia and joined the United States Army in 1983. He was deployed to Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003. After leaving the military, he and his family moved to Florida, where he taught at a high school for a year and worked for a defense contractor, part of his time spent in Afghanistan as a civilian adviser to the Afghan National Army.
West took office in January 2011 as the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls left office in 1876 near the end of Reconstruction. In Congress, West served on the Armed Services and Small Business Committees and was a high-profile member of the Tea Party Caucus and the Tea Party movement.
West’s resume certainly points to homeland security, this would be the best pick thus far, if our felling is correct… well, besides “Mad Dog” Mattis of course.