President-elect Donald Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Dr. Ben Carson delivers remarks during a Trump campaign event at the DoubleTree by Hilton November 1, 2016 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump highlighted what they see as the failures of Obamacare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Dr. Ben Carson delivers remarks during a Trump campaign event at the DoubleTree by Hilton November 1, 2016 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump highlighted what they see as the failures of Obamacare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dr. Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced Monday, December 5th.

“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development” President-elect Donald Trump said in a statement. “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”

Carson also ran for president in the GOP primary in 2016 and became an early and vocal supporter of President-elect Trump after dropping out in March.

President-elect Trump praised Carson as a “greatly talented person” in a tweet two weeks ago when he announced he was considering Carson for the HUD position.

“I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well–he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!” President-elect Trump tweeted.

Carson’s name had been attached to multiple cabinet-level positions throughout the transition process, most significantly the position of Health and Human Services secretary. But according to Carson aide Armstrong Williams, the veteran neurosurgeon turned down an offer of that position due to lack of experience running a federal agency.

“He’s never run an agency and it’s a lot to ask. He’s a neophyte and that’s not his strength,” Williams said, despite the fact that Carson vied for the Republican nomination to be the next president of the United States.

1 Comment

  • Liberal Hypocrisy

    Big shock….they deleted my post here. So here it goes again.

    Pelosi is a racist. How dare her to question the abilities of a black man who grew up in the inner city. He has pioneered methods in the science of the brain. The most complex thing we know off. But according to Pelosi, he’s not smart enough to to lead HUD! The overt RACIST in her has come out.

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