Ben Carson has already turned down one cabinet appointment, saying he’d be a “fish out of water” as a government bureaucrat.
Well, he’s no longer uncomfortable in that roll as he accepts Trump’s offer to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an unconventional choice that underscores Trump’s willingness to forgo traditional policy expertise in some Cabinet positions to surround himself with allies.
Carson, 65, who ran against Trump in the wide field of Republican presidential primary candidates, is the president-elect’s highest profile African American supporter and confidant. A conservative political celebrity, Carson has never held public office and as recently cast doubt on his suitability for a Cabinet role, saying he would be “like a fish out of water” as a federal bureaucrat.
“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump is quoted as saying in a statement released by his transition team.
Trump made it official on Twitter:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2016
And Carson’s response:
— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) December 5, 2016
In November Carson said he didn’t want to be pigeon holed into one area and would not take a position in Trump’s cabinet. Trump must have worn him down.
“The way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside,” Carson told The Washington Post. “I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.”