Ben Carson Joins Trump’s Administration After All
Last month, GOP presidential campaigner Ben Carson was offered a position in Donald Trump’s administration. According to Carson’s long-time friend and business manager Armstrong Williams, Carson felt he did not have enough experience for the position.
Fast forward two weeks, and we’ve come to learn that Mr. Carson has changed his mind.
According to CNN, Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump transition team announced Monday.
“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US 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.”
Carson, who is known for offering provocative commentary on a wide range of issues, led an unsuccessful campaign against Trump that was punctuated by rookie blunders and odd claims, including that the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain.
He endorsed the president-elect shortly after dropping out of the race, becoming only the second former Republican candidate to do so after Gov. Chris Christie.
The secretary of housing and development oversees federal public housing programs. The one leading this position also helps formulate policies on homeless and housing discrimination.
“After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone,” Carson wrote. “We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid.”