Although he was one of Trump’s biggest rivals in the primary season of presidential elections, Ben Carson is being seriously considered as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Earlier today, Donald Trump’s transition team announced the nomination of Carson, the neurosurgeon and conservative activist.
“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.
Previously Carson was being considered for a position in the Department of Health and Human Services, but he declined to take this position.
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Armstrong Williams, Carson’s close friend and business manager, said in mid-November. “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.”
However, now that the election is over, Carson is one step closer to joining Trump’s administration.
“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 said. “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.”
Trump shared his thoughts on Twitter about nominating Carson for HUD two weeks ago.
I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well–he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
The changes in HUD were one of Trump’s top priorities during his campaign. In his agenda he promised redeveloping and ending rampant violence in inner cities. For achieving that goal, it is very important to make the right choice for the job as the head of HUD.
Trump spoke about the current situation at a rally in October:
“The violence. The death. The lack of education. No jobs. We’re going to work with the African-American community and we’re going to solve the problem of the inner city. We’re going to bring safety back. You can’t walk out the street, you buy a loaf of bread and you end up getting shot. So we’re going to work very strongly with the African-American community.”
Carson will still have to be confirmed by the Senate before he assumes the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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Source: Conservative Tribune