Carson dismisses Trump criticism on negotiation skills
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonWhite House slams pastor leading Cabinet Bible studies for linking homosexuality, coronavirus Conservative group hits Trump for coronavirus response in new ad On The Money: Senate sends coronavirus aid package to Trump | Lawmakers race to draft next stimulus | Stocks close with steep loses | Treasury offers guidance on deferring tax payments MORE on Sunday rejected criticism from fellow 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE that the retired neurosurgeon lacks the capacity and experience to negotiate with foreign powers such as China, Russia and Iran.


“I don't want to necessarily compare myself with anyone, but I can tell you that, you know, I've had lots of experience doing a whole host of things -- negotiating with all kinds of people in order to get things accomplished,” Carson said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “And also bear in mind, there is no one person who does all the negotiation and knows everything, you know. In a multitude of counselors is safety.”

Carson said it’s important to “understand what the stakes are” in any negotiations.

“When you go into a negotiation, the recent Iran negotiation, for instance, you have to know how to negotiate,” he said. “You have to know how to verify, how to make sure that there's appropriate accountability. You have to be able to take down their infrastructure, you have to know what your goals are.

“If you don't know what your goals are, you're not going to be doing it.”

Carson pointed to the skills gained while he was director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

“I had to negotiate a number of things in order to -- to create the various different divisions. And by the time we got to 2008, ‘U.S. News & World Report’ ranked us the number one pediatric neurosurgery unit in the United States.”

Carson also touted negotiations with multiple people in multiple cities while putting together The Carson Scholars Fund, a non-profit organization he founded.

“It's now active in all 50 states. As you know, nine out of 10 non-profits fell. Not only that, has won major national awards that are only given to one philanthropic organization in the country out of tens of thousands.

“That's not done without having the ability to negotiate.”