Ben Carson confirmed as HUD secretary

Retired neurosurgeon will head top housing agency
January 24, 2017 12:00PM

Ben Carson (Credit: Getty Images)

From the New York website: It’s official: Retired neurosurgeon and one-time presidential candidate Ben Carson is the new head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Carson as housing secretary, the Associated Press reported. Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon who also vied for the Republican nomination for president, was nominated for the position in December, just one month after saying that he likely wouldn’t join Trump’s cabinet, telling the Washington Post that he would be “like a fish out of water.” He has no experience running a government agency and has never been elected to office.

Last week, Carson testified before the committee about his qualifications to lead the nation’s top housing agency. During the first hearing, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren asked Carson if he could promise that no HUD money would benefit Trump’s business holdings. He wouldn’t answer the question directly.

“It will not be my intention to do anything for any American particularly, it’s for all Americans,” he said at the time. [AP] — Kathryn Brenzel