President-elect Donald Trump is securing his cabinet for his forthcoming presidency, among those appointed is none other than Trump’s former competitor during the Republican primary, Ben Carson.
Carson, who after ending his own presidential submission offered Trump an early endorsement, has been chosen to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said on Monday morning. “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,” he continued. “He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”
In light of Trump’s recent decision to appoint Carson as head of the department, which manages programs that provide assistance for several million low-income families, many commended Trump’s decision. Apparently, noting that Carson had lived in public housing himself, however, that is not the case.
The inaccurate information first surfaced after Carson’s aide Armstrong Williams reportedly told the New York Times that Carson was raised in public housing, reports state. However, on Monday, the publication issued a correction. The falsities re-surfaced after former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tweeted a similar statement, in an attempt to attack Nancy Pelosi, after she stated Carson was not qualified.
“Ben Carson is first HUD Sec to have actually lived in gov’t housing. Fancy Nancy Pelosi says he’s not qualified; is she racist or just dumb,” the tweet read.
However, Huckabee later retracted his statement and apologized, saying he received the inaccurate information form a “fake news” site.
According to reports, although at first reluctant, Carson, who is openly opposed to government programs and funding that encourage “dependency,” is prepared to lead the department because he grew up “in the inner city.”
“We cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities,” Mr. Carson said in a recent interview. “We have to get beyond the promises and start really doing something. The amount of corruption and graft and things, shell games that are played — we need to get rid of all that stuff.”