Ben Carson endures Dem grilling over minority inclusion office

Ben Carson endures Dem grilling over minority inclusion office
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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax MORE appeared confused by a Democratic lawmaker’s repeated questioning about a minority inclusion office.

Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyTrump: Demoted New York Times editor should have been fired New York Times demotes editor over controversial tweets Justice Democrats endorses two progressives challenging Democratic incumbents MORE (D-Ohio) repeatedly asked Carson during a Tuesday hearing before the House Financial Services Committee if he was familiar with the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI).


Carson appeared confused by Beatty’s line of questioning and told her he would follow up with a note identifying the director of the office. But as Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad Trump to hold Hamptons fundraisers; top ticket is 0K: report MORE (R-N.Y.) noted when he spoke at the hearing, Carson’s office does not contain OMWI. 

“I just want to point out the reason why you wouldn’t recognize the term OMWI in HUD is that HUD doesn’t have OMWI,” Zeldin said.

He added that under the Dodd-Frank Act several agencies were required to create an OMWI, but HUD was not one of the government agencies or departments tasked with doing so. 

HUD does, in fact, have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion that is under Carson’s watch.

OMWI was not the only acronym that tripped up Carson Tuesday during the hearing.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asked Carson about real estate owned (REO) foreclosures, which Carson appeared to confuse with Oreos, the popular chocolate cookie filled with vanilla cream.

Porter responded by clarifying what she said and explaining what an REO is to Carson.