Despite Ben Carson previously saying he would not be joining President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, word is he may be considered for a position in Trump’s administration regardless.
In a tweet sent out by President-elect Trump, he commented on his admiration for Carson and what position he’d like the retired neurosurgeon to fill.
‘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!’
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
The tweet comes after former Carson campaign manager, Armstrong Williams, commented that Carson was not interested in the position of secretary of Health and Human Services as he felt he had “no government experience.” It was also rumored Carson was interested in a position as secretary of Education or Veterans Affairs. He expressed this interest to Fox News:
‘Well, there is no question I have very strong opinions about health care and how it should be returned to the private sector, and you — the patients and the physicians — should have a quality experience, not be forced into something. And I also feel very strongly about education. I mean, you educate people, and you give them the keys to freedom. It doesn’t matter where they came from or what their background is, they write their own ticket.’
The Washington Post reported Carson was seen meeting with Trump on Tuesday.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, was founded as part of former President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” program. Its main duties are “to develop and execute policies on housing and metropolises.” Their mission is:
‘…to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination and transform the way HUD does business.’
Whether Carson will accept such a position or if he is even offered the position remains to be seen.
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