On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that he has Ben Carson in mind for a position as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
“I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well — he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!” posted Trump on Twitter. Trump is also scheduled to meet with Carson in the Trump Tower on Tuesday.
Carson said recently on Fox that having a cabinet position would not be his preferred choice, but he would serve it if asked nonetheless.
“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 said. The former Republican primary candidate said, “It’s just not my preference.”
It remains to be seen what reforms Carson will bring to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He said before that if he had to work in government, he would be more concerned with education and health.
“Well, there is no question I have very strong opinions about health care and how it should be returned to the private sector, and you – the patients and the physicians – should have a quality experience, not be forced into something,” added Carson.
“And I also feel very strongly about education. I mean, you educate people, and you give them the keys to freedom. It doesn’t matter where they came from or what their background is, they write their own ticket,” said Carson.
Trump on Saturday met with Paul Ryan adviser Bob Woodson, who said he is under consideration for HUD secretary.