Carson will speak at GOP convention
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Ben Carson will speak at this month’s Republican National Convention, one of his top advisers confirmed to The Hill. 
 
"He is speaking," Armstrong Williams, Carson's close friend and adviser, told The Hill on Friday. 
 
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"Trump's organization is much more organized in its convention planning than you can imagine,” Williams said. “They are far ahead. … It's well thought-out, well planned and well organized." 
 
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, battled Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE for the GOP presidential nomination earlier this year before bowing out in late winter. 
 
He has since emerged as one of Trump’s top surrogates on the trail. 
 
He has also been involved in Trump's vice presidential vetting process and helped make overtures to GOP delegates and establishment players as Trump looked to unify the party.
 
A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. 
 
Trump has promised a departure from the typical roster of staid politicians that usually address the national convention, and he confirmed earlier Friday that his wife, Melania, and his four adult children will speak. 
 
Bloomberg News reported this week that boxer Mike Tyson, football coach Mike Ditka, basketball coach Bobby Knight and NASCAR executive Brian France were being lined up by the campaign to attend and have roles in the event. But Tyson, Ditka and France have since said they would not attend.
 
The four-day convention will begin July 18 in Cleveland.