(Salon) -- Former Florida Tea Party congressman turned right-wing pundit Allen West returned to Trump Tower for his second visit with the president-elect and his transition team in one week, even as he failed to publicly apologize for sharing a meme with his 2.5 million Facebook followers that praised Donald Trump’s pick to run the Pentagon for his plan to “exterminate” Muslims.
When West, rumored to be in talks to join Trump’s national security team, arrived for his second meeting with the president-elect on Monday, he was remarkably not asked by any member of the press gathered about the meme he shared praising Trump’s pick to be defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis.
Mattis, an Obama appointee, stepped down from his United States Central Command post in 2013, just months after recommending to the president that at least 13,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan past the scheduled end of the combat mission in 2014.
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Shortly after midnight Friday West praised him with a Mattis meme posted to his official Facebook post. The meme showed Mattis with the words “Fired by Obama to please the Muslims. Hired by Trump to exterminate them”: