HUD chief Carson leaves Dem lawmaker exasperated with answer on LGBT protections

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls HUD chief Carson broke law with unauthorized purchases, GAO says Trump immigration rule could displace 55K children from public housing: HUD MORE left Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyLightfoot takes office as Chicago's first black woman mayor 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations Senate Dem presses Treasury, IRS over demand for Trump tax returns MORE (D-Ill.) frustrated on Wednesday after the two went back and forth over whether Carson should replace an LGBT nondiscrimination guidance that was taken down after he took over the department.

Quigley questioned Carson about his agency's removal of guidelines outlining nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, saying removing the guidelines hurts the LGBT community.

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“So if it says you can’t have a discriminatory atmosphere, why don’t you have guidance that posts that and instructs them not to discriminate?” Quigley asked Carson. 

“The rules already say that,” Carson responded.

Quigley pressed Carson on where the guidance is that forbids that specific discrimination. Carson responded, "If you have a rule that tells you what to do, you don’t need more guidance on that."

"We are all now more stupid than we were when we came in the room today sir, thank you," Quigley quipped, later tweeting the exchange: