Trump Picks Ben Carson for HUD Post Despite Surgeon’s Self-Proclaimed Inexperience

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Ben Carson and Donald Trump (Donald J. Trump/Facebook)
Ben Carson and Donald Trump (Donald J. Trump/Facebook)

Donald Trump revealed Monday, Dec. 5, that he plans to nominate former Republican rival Ben Carson as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, leaving many confused over Carson’s prior admission that he lacked experience for a Cabinet role.

In a statement released by the Trump transition team, the president-elect beamed over the decision.

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said. “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.”

Carson seemed equally excited about his new role and said he felt honored by the HUD designation, which would see him managing affordable-housing policies.

“I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need,” he said. “We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”

However, Carson’s manager and close friend Armstrong Williams revealed the 65-year-old, who has never held public office, did not want an official position in the Trump administration.

“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams told The Hill in November. “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.”

But that changed two weeks ago on Nov. 22 when the New York Daily News reported Trump offered Carson the HUD position, which he considered over Thanksgiving.

Aside from his lack of experience, Carson has openly condemned the Obama administration’s rule for reporting racist housing practices. In a 2015 opinion piece for the Washington Times, Carson said the government only makes racial equality issues worse since it builds affordable housing in wealthy areas, where few non-white individuals presently reside.

Online, some called out Carson’s confirmation of inexperience.

@TheGorgeousGoon found it humorous.

@FranceForHillary deemed Carson “Dr. Knowlittle,” a play on the fictional character, Dr. Dolittle.

Nick Jack Pappas proclaimed he had enough experience to become a tech CEO.

Meanwhile, @TerronWatkins disowned Carson from the Black community.

Still, Newt Gingrich praised the nomination.

Additionally, Righteous Crusader questioned how others in the HUD position with prior knowledge of the role have fared better.

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