Dr. Ben Carson considering offer from Trump to lead housing, urban development

Ben Carson, MD, retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate, will be mulling over a job offer this Thanksgiving.

A Republican source told Fox News Dr. Carson has almost accepted an offer from President-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A final decision is expected after the holiday, the source told Fox News.

Dr. Carson told Fox News the HUD offer was one of several on the table but its focus on improving inner cities is "something that has been a long-term interest," according to the report. Last year, Dr. Carson wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Times on HUD's policies under the Obama administration.

"These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse," Dr. Carson wrote. "There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous."

Mr. Trump tweeted his support for Dr. Carson shortly after meeting with him Tuesday.

 

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