After some initial rumors, president-elect Donald Trump finally nominated former neurosurgeon and primary rival Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is just another proof that Trump is planning to leave traditional policy expertise behind, at least in some Cabinets, as he wants to surround himself with allies, says The Washington Post.
Is Carson that passionate about this?
“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” Trump said in an official statement released this Monday. “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”
Mr. Carson is one of Donald Trump‘s most prolific supporters and confidants and his nomination still come as a surprise, after he previously declared that he’s not that interested in a Cabinet role. Still, he might as well change his mind.
Before occupying his position in Trump’s Cabinet, Carson needs to be confirmed by the Senate. After this, he will also be in charge with improving what the president-elect has described as “America’s blighted and dangerous inner cities, a dystopian, racially charged image criticized as frequently at odds with reality.”
Looking forward to seeing if this was a good choice…
On the other side, Ben Carson’s lack of experience in this specific field raised several concerns!
“With many qualified Republicans to choose from with deep knowledge of, and commitment to, affordable housing solutions for the poorest families, and with the housing crisis reaching new heights across the country, Dr. Carson’s nomination to serve as HUD Secretary is surprising and concerning,” said Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.