Posted: 7:24 am Monday, December 5th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The Cabinet of President-Elect Donald Trump continued to take shape on Monday, as former GOP rival Ben Carson was selected by Mr. Trump to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development starting next year.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” the President-Elect said in a written statement issued early on Monday morning.
“We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities,” Mr. Trump added.
Dr Ben Carson is a brilliant man with a great work ethic and a deep desire to help his fellow Americans. an outstanding choice for Trump
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 5, 2016
Carson said he was honored by the choice.
“I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need,” Carson said in the joint statement with the next President.
“We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met,” Carson added.
A neurosurgeon and political novice, Carson had seemingly tried to avoid serving in the Trump Cabinet, with a spokesman saying at one point after the election that Carson “has no government experience.”
But Mr. Trump was not dissuaded, and kept after Carson to serve.
Carson must go through confirmation hearings and a vote in the U.S. Senate.
Democrats quickly mocked Carson’s lack of experience with housing issues.
Dr. Ben Carson maybe “like a fish out of water” as a Trump cabinet member b/ he's only worth $10 million.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) December 5, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.