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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Ignites Immediate Backlash After Reportedly Spending Thousands on Dining Set

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks at Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia. A Department of Housing and Urban Development employee said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Department of Housing and Urban Development employee says she was demoted after she refused to comply with a request from the acting agency head that she “find money” for a costly remodeling of future HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s office. In the same breath, President Trump is circulating plans to cut HUD’s budget for the homeless and elderly.

A HUD document shows the agency spending $31,561 on a dining set.

In response, HUD says only blinds were purchased for Carson’s office and were within a $5,000 limit. The agency says the dining set was considered “a building expense” rather than a decoration and was not ordered by Carson or for his office.

Helen Foster filed the complaint alleging retaliation with the federal agency that handles whistleblower complaints.

Foster also alleges that she was barred from processing two requests for public documents because of her perceived political affiliation.

Spokesperson Raffi Williams claimed Carson wasn’t aware of the dining set purchase but also has no plans to return it.

“In general, the secretary does want to be as fiscally prudent as possible with the taxpayers’ money,” Williams added. Not surprisingly, many had a lot of say about the report.

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