Donald Trump Nominates Dr. Ben Carson as Next HUD Secretary

donald-trump-ben-carson-hudPresident-elect Donald Trump has chosen his former opponent Ben Carson as his appointee for the Cabinet position of Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Carson, who formerly ran against Trump in the 2016 Presidential Primaries, was announced as Trump’s pick on Monday December 5th, saying that he feels the doctor has a “brilliant mind” and will work hard to better the HUD communities. “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 has been a vocal supporter of Trump since he dropped out of the race.

Previously, when it was speculated that Trump was eyeing Carson to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, Carson reportedly turned down the position with his aide, Armstrong Williams, citing that he wasn’t experienced enough. “He’s never run an agency and it’s a lot to ask. He’s a neophyte and that’s not his strength,” Williams said, according to CNN.

Now, however, it seems that Carson has changed his tune:

Carson accepting the role of secretary of housing and urban development, makes him the first African-American appointee to join Trump’s cabinet, although he’ll still need to be confirmed by Senate. “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, also according to CNN. “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.”

In his new position, Carson will oversee “federal public housing programs and helps formulate policy on homelessness and housing discrimination” as well as “programs that administer mortgage insurance to prospective homeowners and give rental subsidies to lower-income families.”

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