Dr. Ben Carson turns down position in Trump administration

Ben Carson, MD, a retired neurosurgeon who ran in the primaries to be the Republican presidential candidate, has indicated he does not want to serve in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, according to reports from The Hill and Politico.

Both reports were informed by Carson confidant Armstrong Williams. Mr. Williams told both publications Dr. Carson was not offered a specific position, but he had options open to him.

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 was take a position that could cripple the presidency."Dr. Carson plans to instead serve as an unofficial advisor to Mr. Trump, according to the reports.

Advising Mr. Trump on health issues as part of his transition team are Andrew Bremberg, former policy director for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Paula Stannard, former deputy general counsel for HHS, and Dennis Smith, former head of Medicaid for HHS, according to Bloomberg BNA.

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