It was announced on Tuesday that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson turned down a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. Had he accepted, Carson might have been appointed as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, or even Secretary of Education.
Close friend Armstrong Williams explained:
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.
Now, nearly a week later, Carson is reversing his stance.
Appearing on “Fox Report Weekend,” Carson said that he was committed to serving if necessary:
Basically, I’ve said my preference is to be outside and to act as an adviser, but if after going through the process they all conclude it would be much better to have me in the Cabinet, I would have to give that very serious consideration.
Carson initially stated that he would take on a less involved role as an adviser. Despite Carson’s initial reasoning for declining a position, he ran for president in the Republican primary.
Trump praised Carson as a “brilliant physician” earlier in the month. Trump expressed interest in Carson, who is chairman of Christian voters group “My Faith Votes,” being a member of his administration. According to Williams, nearly every position was open to Carson.