Ben Carson said Tuesday that he’s been offered several jobs in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, including helming the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“I would say that was one of the offers that is on the table,” Carson said on Fox News’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“You know, there have been so many promises made over the last several decades and nothing has been, so it certainly is something that has been a long-term interest of mine and I’ll be thinking and praying about it seriously over the holiday.”
Trump indicated earlier on Tuesday that Carson is a top contender for HUD secretary.
“I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well–he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!” Trump tweeted
Armstrong Williams, Carson’s close friend and business adviser, told The Hill on Tuesday that the HUD position is inline with what Carson would like to be doing.
“One thing for sure — Dr. Carson cares greatly about the inner cities and what has happened to minorities across the country, and there is no better position within the administration to help revitalize the inner cities,” Williams said. “There is no better position within administration where he could make a difference.”
Carson grew out of poverty in Detroit to become one of the world’s most accomplished neurosurgeons. He endorsed Trump after dropping out of the GOP primary and became a close ally and surrogate of the businessman.
Trump vowed during his campaign to revitalize the nation’s inner cities, which he has described as dangerous war zones.
The president-elect accused Democrats of ignoring the plight of African-Americans trapped in crumbling inner cities, saying liberals only pander to black people at election time when they need votes.
Still, Carson has so far expressed disinterest in working in the federal government. He is actively involved in several outside groups, like My Faith Votes, which seeks to energize Christians in the political process.
Williams told The Hill
last week that the retired neurosurgeon was not interested in serving as Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services.
“Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency,” Williams said at the time.
But now that Carson has been offered the role at HUD, Williams says he is considering it.
“He’s honored the president is considering him for one the Cabinet posts and will give it serious consideration,” Williams said.