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Ben Carson on Wednesday hinted that he would accept a position within President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpAmerica’s wake-up call Yes, ban the burqa — it is a national security necessity Hispanic leader: Trump team talk on immigration ‘encouraging’ MORE‘s Cabinet.
Trump has said he is considering Carson to helm the Department of Housing and Urban Development, citing his former presidential rival’s experience growing up in the “inner city.”
“After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone,” Carson said on Facebook.
“We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid,” Carson wrote, adding that an announcement is “forthcoming.”
Carson acknowledged on Tuesday that the position was one of the offers on the table but said he would be thinking and praying about it over the Thanksgiving holiday.
But the announcement could come sooner than anticipated.
Trump aide Jason Miller told reporters the transition team would make another announcement on Wednesday but did not offer details.
Carson grew out of poverty in Detroit to become one of the world’s most accomplished pediatric neurosurgeons. He endorsed Trump after dropping out of the GOP primary and became a close ally and surrogate of the businessman.
But Carson had said through a spokesman that he wouldn’t want to run a federal agency, citing his lack of government experience.
“The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency,” said Armstrong Williams, Carson’s close friend and business adviser.