Oreo is dunking on the "REO" saga involving Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Gillibrand introduces bill blocking HUD rule on undocumented public housing residents Housing authorities raise concerns about Trump plan to evict undocumented immigrants MORE, saying the acronym actually stands for a phrase praising its cookies.

Earlier Tuesday, Carson appeared puzzled about what an REO (Real estate owned) foreclosure was during a House Financial Services Committee hearing. 
 
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After Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asked Carson about the housing term, he replied, "Oreo?"
 
"No, not an Oreo," Porter responded. "R-E-O."
 
Mondelez, the snack company that manufactures Oreos, didn't immediately return ITK's request for comment. But hours after the exchange, which quickly went viral, Oreo tweeted that REO stands for "Really Excellent Oreo."
 
"Everyone knows that," the company added.
Carson also made light of the cookie-related snafu. He later tweeted a photo of himself holding a box of Oreos, saying he was sending some Porter's way.