Trump to nominate Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

President-elect praises ex-surgeon’s “brilliant mind”
December 05, 2016 12:45PM

Ben Carson (Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Ben Carson (Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

From the New York websiteBen Carson is set to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development — provided Congress confirms him. President-elect Donald Trump sent out a statement that he intends to nominate the retired neurosurgeon and former GOP primary contender.

Trump had offered Carson the post back in November, but the Detroit native took his time to formally accept.

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans.”

Carson, who grew up poor, initially competed with Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, but ended up backing his former rival after dropping out of the race.

At HUD, Carson would oversee 8,400 employees and a budget of $47.9 billion. The agency oversees the public mortgage insurer Federal Housing Administration, as well a range of programs supporting low-income housing.

Carson, who has no experience in government, would succeed Obama appointee Julian Castro, who has intensified the agency’s work fighting housing segregation. [WSJ]Konrad Putzier