It’s Official: Trump Taps Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–December 5, 2016

By Laura Clawson

Dr. Ben Carson speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on July 19, 2016..The Republican Party formally nominated Donald Trump for president of the United States Tuesday, capping a roller-coaster campaign that saw the billionaire tycoon defeat 16 White House rivals. / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Ben Carson has no relevant experience to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but Donald Trump made it official Monday that Carson is his choice to do just that.

Because “urban,” wink wink nudge nudge.

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Mr. Trump said in a statement Monday morning. “We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities.”

When his name was first floated for the role, Carson’s own explanation of his qualifications was that “I grew up in the inner city and have spent a lot of time there, 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.”

And the way to strengthen inner cities is definitely to appoint someone with no experience who doesn’t support some of HUD’s chief missions.




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