Donald Trump Taps Ben Carson, Who Has No Government Experience, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Ben Carson has never worked in federal government, but has been tapped by Trump to lead HUD.

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Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, according to multiple media reports. Trump's former rival in the Republican primaries, Carson has no experience in government and previously stated through a spokesperson that he was unqualified to run a government agency. On Wednesday the doctor tweeted that he had an "announcement" coming about his role in Trump's impending presidency. 

News about Trump considering Carson to lead HUD has been circulating for days. Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was "seriously" considering Carson for the job.

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

Carson himself tweeted a teaser, stating "an announcement is forthcoming" about the role he will play in making "America great again." 

An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.

— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 23, 2016

Perhaps not knowing that our constitution promises the separation from church and state, Carson tweeted that there is "much work to do... ensuring that both our physical and spiritual infrastructure is solid": 

We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical & spiritual infrastructure is solid.

— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 23, 2016

On Facebook, Carson posted a longer statement that suggests he will accept the appointment:

But it was just last week that Carson's friend and business manager, Armstrong Williams told The Hill that Carson had turned down a cabinet position, citing a lack of experience in government. "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency," Williams said. "The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."

Somehow this equated to Carson landing a job offer to lead the nation's federal housing agency, a move that has people scratching their heads due to Carson's complete lack of government experience, and his own lack of confidence in his abilities to succeed as a cabinet member.

I guess fact #BenCarson lives in a house makes him qualified to run #HUD -fed agency responsible for anti housing discrimination laws! SMH

— Areva Martin, Esq. (@ArevaMartin) November 22, 2016

Ben Carson said a week ago that he is not qualified to run a governmental agency. Plus, why nominate a brain surgeon for HUD?

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 22, 2016

So, Ben Carson says he's not qualified 4 cabinet position, but, um, he wanted 2b president, so yeah: self awareness: better late than never

— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) November 16, 2016

Carson's experience with the subject of housing is limited to little more than a thinly written op-ed he published for the conservative Washington Times in 2015, where he called out President Obama's neighborhood desegregation policies, describing it as "socialist."

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