President-elect Donald Trump has been working to assemble his cabinet of department heads and top advisers, but now it appears as if one of the individuals tapped to fill a prime spot may be taking a pass on the opportunity.
Former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson had been floated as perhaps the person best suited to fill the role of secretary of Health and Human Services, or perhaps as Surgeon General. He had even been mentioned as a possibility for Secretary of Education.
But according to The Hill and one of Carson’s longtime friends, Armstrong Williams, Carson has no interest in heading up HHS or in playing any other official role in the Trump administration, instead preferring to remain as an unofficial adviser outside the administration.
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams told The Hill. “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.”
It was expected that Carson would play an integral role in Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, which could still happen, though not in a way that was previously envisioned.
This is actually not too surprising, as Carson has previously expressed reservations about becoming too involved in the upcoming administration, preferring instead to work at influencing government policies through work outside the government, such as motivating faith-driven voters to become more involved in the political process.
Nevertheless we most likely haven’t seen the last of Carson’s contributions to the Trump team, and the possibility remains that he could eventually decide to take a cabinet position offered him by Trump, should he determine that such a position is where he could best effect positive change for the nation.
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