On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced that retired neurosurgeon and former GOP primary candidate Ben Carson has been tapped be the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,” Trump said in a statement. “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”
In a tweet posted to Twitter later that morning, Carson revealed his response to this news.
“I am honored to accept the opportunity to serve our country in the Trump administration,” the tweet read.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) December 5, 2016
Moreover, Carson reportedly released his own statement.
“I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need,” he said in the statement. “We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”
The news came as a surprise to some, as Carson had told The Washington Post last month that he would prefer to “work from the outside not from the inside.”
“I’ve said that if it came to a point where he absolutely needs me, I’d reconsider,” he said at the time. “But I don’t think that’s the situation with these positions. Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly.”
In an interview a bit later in the month, however, Carson seemingly touted his qualifications for the position of HUD secretary.
“I grew up in the inner city and have spent a lot of time there, and have dealt with a lot of patients from that area and recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities,” he told Fox Business News host Neil Cavuto.
For Carson to now become the HUD secretary, he will need be confirmed by the Senate.
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