It was initially announced 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.
Nearly a week later, Carson reversed his stance.
Just after, speculations arose that Carson could very well be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) following a Facebook post of Tuesday:
Just a day before, Carson appeared on Fox News’ “Your World.”
Host Neil Cavuto approached Carson about Trump’s staff wanting to appoint the retired neurosurgeon to the position. When asked if he was interested, Carson replied:
Our inner cities are in terrible shape, and they definitely need some real attention. There have been so many promises made over the last several decades, and nothing has been done. It’s certainly something that has been a long term interest of mine.
Then, Carson said that he would be “thinking and praying seriously.” When asked if he had been offered the position, Carson said “it was one of the offers that was on the table.”