Dr. Ben Carson clarifies he is now open to Cabinet position

Contrary to reports last week he did not want a position in the next administration, Ben Carson, MD, retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate, said on Fox Report Weekend he would give "very serious consideration" to any offers to join President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet.

"I didn't 100 percent say I would never serve, I just said that my preference would be to stay outside," Dr. Carson told Fox. He said he would prefer to act as an advisor, "but if after going through the process, they all conclude that it would be much better to have me in the Cabinet, I would have to give that very serious consideration."

Last week, Carson aide Armstrong Williams told the media Dr. Carson planned to serve as an advisor on health issues, rather than part of the official Cabinet due to his lack of experience. Mr. Williams told The Hill, "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience; he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do [is] take a position that could cripple the presidency."

 

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