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Ben Carson Declines Role in Trump Adminstration

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Ben Carson, who ran for president of the United States earlier this year under the GOP party, is not interested in serving as the secretary of health and human services for president-elect Donald Trump’s administration, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Armstrong Williams, who is Carson’s business manager and close friend, said he won’t join the incoming Trump administration and would only serve as an unofficial adviser.

On Tuesday, Circa reported that Carson had been offered the position. But Williams told The Hill that no specific offer had been made.

“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams said. “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”

Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, was one of Trump’s first primary opponents to jump on board his campaign. He was projected to be one of the likely picks to lead the agency that will work to roll back Obamacare when Trump takes office. Earlier reports also pegged him as a candidate for secretary of Education.

Earlier this month, Trump said he hoped Carson “will be very much involved with my administration.”