Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump administration ending delay on over B in Puerto Rico disaster aid HUD to roll back Obama-era housing desegregation rule Trump tells California, New York to 'politely' ask him for help with homeless population MORE closed the door Monday on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE as a point of discussion amid their battle for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination.

“I don’t want to talk about Trump,” he said when asked about the outspoken billionaire on the Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto Coast to Coast.”


Carson said he is more interested in discussing his plans on foreign affairs than he is analyzing Trump’s version instead.

“We need to have a global strategy,” Carson told host Neil Cavuto after shutting down his questions about Trump’s stance on international conflict.

“I do not want to allow Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Russia's shakeup has implications for Putin, Medvedev and the US The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week MORE to expand his influence,” he said of the Russian president. "That has been his goal for quite some time now.”

“He was very disappointed with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its influence worldwide,” Carson added of Putin. "We cannot contribute to his ability to regain that.”

Carson charged that the U.S. must stand firm against Putin’s increasing aggression in troubled regions like Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

“I don’t think we should back down from Putin right now,” the retired neurosurgeon said.

“He needs to understand that if he continues with this activity, we are going to use all the facilities available to us — including financial facilities — to inflict pain on him,” Carson said.

“We need to have [a] missile defense system reestablished as he was horrified when it was there before,” he said, citing Putin’s animosity toward missiles defending U.S. allies in Eastern Europe. "Let’s get in his face a little bit.”

Carson also charged that he would push back against Putin harder in Syria were he commander in chief.

“We need to make him aware that we’re not going to alter our flight patterns or be restricted by anything he says,” he said of Putin.

“I would [also] establish a no-fly zone along the Turkish border [with Syria],” Carson added. "We don’t want the forces to be in juxtaposition."

Carson’s remarks come as he chases Trump’s lead in the race for next year’s GOP presidential nomination across multiple national polls.

Trump has 22.8 percent to Carson’s 17.3 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings