Senate Confirms Carson as HUD Secretary

Ben Carson, a losing 2016's Republican presidential candidate who believes poverty is a choice, and who once said it's the responsibility of the people, not the government, "to take care of the indigent in our society", was approved this morning as the new secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Both Carson and Trump, however, agreed on the policies of tax cuts and replacing the health system promoted by former President Barack Obama, among other issues.

During a Fox News interview on November 22, just after Trump offered Carson the position, Neil Cavuto asked Carson why he was qualified for the job, given that he's a retired neurosurgeon who's never run a federal agency.

Dr. Ben Carson makes way into Trump's cabinet.

Carson, who grew up poor in Detroit and went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon, dropped out of the Republican race for the presidential nomination in March after disappointing results on Super Tuesday. Carson's actual confirmation vote is likely Thursday.

The vote comes more than a month after Carson earned the bipartisan backing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, even gaining the support of two of the panel's most liberal members - Democrats Sherrod Brown of OH and Elizabeth Warren of MA. But with Democrats now in a deeper rift with the Trump administration and progressives like Sen.

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson as HUD secretary.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, criticized the Senate for confirming Carson despite his lack of experience in housing and anti-LGBT comments. This is where things got out of hand for Dr. Carson.

Critics have questioned whether Carson is qualified to manage HUD, which has a budget of almost $49 billion. The reason for Dr. Carson's inability to provide a guarantee or an assurance lies in the fact, which Senator Elizabeth Warren also candidly pointed out, that President Trump has kept his business interests from everybody and has failed to put his assets in a true blind trust.

  • Larry Hoffman