In his latest cabinet member choice, President-elect Trump surprised many when he tapped former GOP presidential rival Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The announcement, which came Monday morning, is a continuation of Trump’s theme of appointing cabinet members who have little to no government or policy-making experience. Dr. Carson, a noted neurosurgeon who surged early on in the 2016 election polls before suspending his campaign in March. The appointment comes about a week after one of Carson’s top advisers was quoted as saying that Dr. Carson himself was tentative about accepting a cabinet position because of his lack of government experience.
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Correction: During the on-air interview, it was said at least once that Dr. Carson spent time living in public housing during his childhood. Information that has come to light since this interview aired shows that Dr. Carson did not live in public housing.
Edward J. Pinto, Resident Fellow and Codirector of AEI's International Center on Housing Risk; the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a D.C. think tank focused on free enterprise
Raphael Bostic, Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at USC’s Price School of Public Policy; he spent three years in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development