On Monday, former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a released statement, Trump voices he was “thrilled to nominate Carson,” adding that he “has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”
Originally, reports revealed Carson was hesitant about jumping aboard the Trump administration train. It seems that hesitancy has quelled. “I could make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need,” said the pediatric neurosurgeon regarding the announcement. “We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”
Many believed Carson would be offered the role to lead the departments of Veteran’s Affairs or Education or Health and Human Services, considering his background and expertise. For Carson to lead the HUD department seems to be a puzzling choice at first, but Carson has spoke about the department and issues affected by its actions numerous times during his time as a primary candidate.
“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 wrote in a Facebook post two weeks ago. “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. An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto a month ago, Carson doubled down on the possibility of leading the HUD, saying there were discussions of his involvement in this department. “Our inner cities are in terrible shape,” Carson said. “And they definitely need some real attention. There have been so many promises made over the last several decades and nothing has been done, so it certainly is something that has been a long-term interest of mine.”
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