American President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Dr Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in his incoming administration.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement released Monday.
“We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities.”
The retired neurosurgeon is an unorthodox pick to lead the agency which oversees affordable housing programs and enforces fair housing legislation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2016
A top Carson’s aide, Armstrong Williams, told The Hill last month that the former GOP presidential hopeful was not interested in a Cabinet position because “Dr Carson feels he has no government experience, he has never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”
At the time, Carson’s name was being floated to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. And Trump himself confirmed he was considering Carson to lead HUD.
Dr Ben Carson teased later that he was going to accept the appointment, writing on Facebook that he could “make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone” and that an announcement was “forthcoming.”
Dr Carson said he was honoured to accept the opportunity to serve in Trump’s administration. “I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need,” he said.
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