Trump Nominates Ben Carson As Housing Secretary

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Donald Trump announced his plans early Monday to nominate Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement distributed by his transition team. “We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up,” Trump added.

“I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need," Carson, a former GOP presidential candidate who became a Trump supporter, said in the statement. "We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”

Confirming once again that political statements are never to be taken at face value, Armstrong Williams, Carson's campaign manager and a close friend, told The Hill last month that the retired neurosurgeon was not interested in serving as Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services. "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,” Williams said at the time.

A few weeks later he changed his mind.

In other Trump team news, the WSJ confirmed a rumor that was floated last week, when it reported that Trump is widening the circle of candidates for secretary of state and will interview more prospects this week, transition officials said, a sign that after multiple meetings with high-profile hopefuls he still isn’t sold on whom he wants as the nation’s top diplomat.

Though Mr. Trump’s transition team said last week that the search had narrowed to four finalists, new candidates have emerged, including Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp., one transition adviser said. Mr. Tillerson is scheduled to meet with Mr. Trump for an interview this week. Alan Jeffers, an Exxon spokesman, declined to comment.

Mr. Tillerson, 64 years old, grew up in Texas and joined Exxon in 1975. He leads a company with operations in more than 50 countries, from Canada to Papua New Guinea, that often exerts itself abroad with the sweep of a sovereign nation. He is slated to retire next year and Exxon has identified Darren Woods as a successor.


As Exxon’s CEO since 2006, Mr. Tillerson could leverage existing relationships with numerous world leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, with whom he has had dealings for more than a decade.


Mr. Tillerson’s close ties to the company, including tens of millions of dollars of Exxon shares that will become available to him in the coming decade, could complicate his efforts to lift sanctions or intervene in trade disputes where Exxon has a financial interest. It would be almost impossible for him to recuse himself from working with all the countries in which Exxon operates or markets products.


Mr. Tillerson’s corporate pedigree would make him an unconventional choice, foreign policy analysts said. Jon Alterman, a Middle East expert at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies, noted that former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was a lawyer at a top New York City firm, but not a CEO, and that George Shultz was president of Bechtel Corp., but also served in government.


As head of a company with a massive global footprint, Mr. Tillerson, though, is no stranger to foreign leaders. As Exxon’s chief executive, he has spoken against sanctions on Russia, where the company in 2012 signed a $3.2 billion deal that Mr. Putin said could eventually reach $500 billion in investments.


Mr. Tillerson has some of the closest ties among U.S. CEOs to Mr. Putin and Russia, with his work there dating back to when Mr. Putin rose to power after Boris Yeltsin’s resignation. The 2012 deal gave Exxon access to prized arctic resources. Later that year, the Kremlin bestowed the country’s Order of Friendship on the American businessman.


Mr. Tillerson supported a Trump rival in the Republican primaries: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. He gave the maximum $2,700 to the Bush campaign, and another $5,000 to the Right to Rise, the super PAC that backed Mr. Bush. He didn’t make a contribution to Mr. Trump’s campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political giving.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, appearing Sunday on NBC, said the list of secretary of state candidates “might grow a little bit.”

On Sunday evening, Mr. Trump’s transition officials said another candidate for both secretary of state and energy secretary is Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.). The conservative Democrat would add a bipartisan dimension to the Trump cabinet if chosen.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior Trump adviser, told reporters Sunday: “It is true that he’s broadened the search…He’s very fortunate to have interest among serious men and women who, all of whom need to understand that their first responsibility as secretary of state would be to implement and adhere to the president-elect’s America First foreign policy, if you will, his view of the world.”

A final decision could come by week’s end, the transition adviser said.

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Last of the Middle Class's picture

I wish he had been in FDA. We seriously need some common sense in the healthcare industry.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

The US "sick-care" industry is a Joke.  Big Pharma is too strong. If Antidepressant Commercials Were Honest:

wildbad's picture

I'm OK with this choice. I hope he starts by devolving the bureaucracy with a broad sword.

i mean , its not brain surgery.





RAT005's picture

All the best to you Dr. Carson!

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) bamawatson Dec 5, 2016 8:29 AM

... couldn't we have found someone that acually wanted the job?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Great – that’s just what minorities need. An uncle Tom heading up housing, when people of color are already struggling to get mortgages due to racism! This country is literally falling apart before our very eyes!

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Not Uncle Tom. It's Uncle Ben. Like the rice you moron.

Mountainview's picture

A candidate for "Your fired!" anyhow.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Is that Ben 'Hillary murders babies' Carson? Nice one

another #Pizzagate believer

jcaz's picture

Yep- if he's serious,  Dr Ben's first act will be to shut himself down and clean himself out......

wareco's picture

Trump Haters:  He's a rascist, misognystic bastard.

AP News Reports:  Trump nominates Betsy DeVos as Secy of Ed. and Ben Carson as Secy of HUD.

Trump Haters doing their impression of Emily Litilla:  "I'm sorry. Never mind"

spastic_colon's picture

wheres the big splashy msm headlines on carson?  its now fun to watch the libs do there usual arm waive dance about how he is not minority enough because he doesnt wear the right political party badge.

Fisherman Blue's picture

Still a fine choice. I am sure he will be consulting on HC.

BandGap's picture

Not a fashion pick. Ben Carson has two strengths I admire - intelligence and honesty. HUD under the former regime was a cash cow for big, liberal urban areas. I have the feeling the spigot of payouts/handouts will slow to a trickle. Ben will say anything he thinks needs to be said. The roaches at HUD will be scurrying.

The Manchin pick would be pure political genius. A "conservative" democrat (whose daughter runs Mylan Pharmaceuticals) from a state dependent on coal mining to run the Dept. of Energy. His constituents (those reading above the third grade level, at least) will push for him to "represent". Then the governor of WV (a republican) appoints the person to fill his seat.

What a dance.

DingessStinkfinger's picture

I don't know of anyone who has studied the FDA and can argue they have necessarily made us better off through regulation due to unintended, adverse effects (child saftey pill bottles, for example, led to an increase in accidental overdoses because older patients would leave their prescription bottles open rather than mess with opening some complicated bottle with arthritic hands). Remember, this agency was started because a president got freaked out reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, about Chicago's meat packing industry in the 1800s. 

I agree, though, that it could use some common sense and a less byzantine structure. Making America Great Again, right?

Rikky's picture

The FDA, CDC and IDSA are all conspiring to suck money from the American sheeple and line their fat wallets.  I could quote a few examples that clearly without ambiguity shows their utter bias, negligence and criminality when it comes to helping the American people.  Read up on Lyme Disease and the co-infections ticks carry it's the #1 vector borne illness in the country with more than half of the ticks tested throughout the USA infected.  They'll tell you here take 2 weeks of antibiotics and you're better when they're finding this disease destroys lives and is a gateway to all other sorts of horrible illnesses.  They can all kiss my proverbial butt with their synthetic poisons.

rich1657's picture

FDA is just one of the Operating Divisions of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

DingleBarryObummer's picture

I'm pretty sure Ben Carson self medicates... heavily.

Nunyadambizness's picture

Maybe you should try it, it might help.  (Just sayin')

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Ben talks slowly after thinking about what to say...never raises his voice.

I think there is Iron in his words.


billwilson2's picture

Because he can barely finish a sentence without falling asleep. He is a one man walking disaster area. maybe FEMA can help him out.

RiverDrifter's picture

Very telling that your opinion of a man who carefully considers what he's going to say before opening his mouth is this.  You prefer Barry Obama's stuttering mess if if if if if if if if if if if if if if if if if he were made to talk without a teleprompter? That's a bunch of of of of of of of OKIE DOKE, if you ask Obama.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

Obama speaks even more deliberately; probably speaking foward and in reverse at the same time; part of his sorcery. 

Obama does seem sober though, unlike Lithium Ben the Warhawk.

Kidbuck's picture

If you ever need a surgeon I hope you find a fast talking Hillary supporter. They be the best for you.

nmewn's picture

No moar ObamaFones Ben.

thunderchief's picture

Here is a good joke for you..

What's a black Republican physician do running the HUD??

Jobbing it, baby, jobbing it..

2bit Hoarder's picture

let me guess ... when he picked bankers to run the banking sector, you cried about insiders?  Now that he picks an outsider to run HUD, it is a joke pick ..

All you need to say is that you hate Trump and no matter who he picks for what posiition, you feel it is the worst pick he could have made.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Technically, Ben grew up on Section 8 so he is an insider. 

wareco's picture

Still waiting for the joke.

Kidbuck's picture

Ben was the most conservative and constitutional candidate in the field of 17. He is the progressives' worst nightmare.

RovingGrokster's picture

Not exactly constitutional, and not reliably conservative.
Carson is a wonderful man, and no doubt a great surgeon. He's very personable, an has a wonderful wife, too.

The problem with Carson is that he tends to make stuff up as he goes along, and would need a full time press secretary to remind him what he said last week. (And to remind him who he's meeting - He doesn't remember even his best supporters.)

I worry that, as head of HUD, Carson will find new ways to spend money and mandate state action - different from the Democrats, but no less harmful.
The only thing which would scare me more would be Carson as Secretary of Education, and you can appreciate how he thinks on the fly from this Q&A:
Thank God for Betsy DeVos!

Now, if Dr Ben goes to HUD and dismantles and devolves it, he will have my undying gratitude. Let us pray!

oncemore's picture

he will have a big budget. the size of Pentagon I believe.

billwilson2's picture

You mean the size of a pyramid.

Squid Viscous's picture

Build us some pyramids, Ben!

moorewasthebestbond's picture

... or perhaps a new NFL Colosseum in San Diego?

dogismycopilot's picture

Obama isn't even 1/100th the man Ben Carson is. 


billwilson2's picture

What a JOKE.

The folks that voted for this clown got punk'd.

The man is america's greatest con man, and boy did the fly over folks ever get conned.

Bill of Rights's picture

And your Americas greatest dumb fuck, so you have something in common.

RiverDrifter's picture

The joke is a newb account criticizing an outstanding choice by Trump in Ben Carson.  Your opinion about the 'fly over folks" is about as accurate as the polls leading up to Election Night - meaning, you could not be more wrong.  They are loving everything he's doing thus far and most believe Trump has done more for the US in a month than Obama did in 8 years.  

Run along,'re in over your head here.

ornelwest's picture
ornelwest (not verified) RiverDrifter Dec 5, 2016 8:41 AM

outstanding choice? by what measure? 

TruthHunter's picture

I find it very intriguing that Don, the landlord, developer, and promoter would place rival candidate, Dr Carson MD, in HUD. I've heard that BC and DT talked at length before he endorsed Trump. Don was impressed with his ideas. I doubt DT suffers fools, so there may be something more than shallow campaign rhetoric. Also, Don may recognize that  Dr Carson may had had an outsize impact on the outcome of the election and wants to reward him. . Blacks voted Republican at twice the rate in rcent elections. I even a small percentage did so because of Ben, it could've tipped Michigan and Pennsylvania. DT wants him in the cabinet, but probably only persuaded Ben after promising him a stong manager for day to day operations.

Scrubbing Bubblez's picture
Scrubbing Bubblez (not verified) billwilson2 Dec 5, 2016 7:42 AM

I'd have to say that Obama is the biggest con man ever in office!


Monday morning nitwit circle  jerk, ZH's cadre of haters and rah rah morons ready to type like crazy how much they hate everyone not white, and now they have carson they can parade around as one of their own. Dr. Carson?  Not qualified to operate a segway.  But then there's Trump who's not qualified to manage a twitter account.

2bit Hoarder's picture

we mostly just hate people who aren't decent human beings ... it's not our fault that certain cultures seem to produce fewer of those than others.