Meghan McCain says Ben Carson should be developing brain cancer treatment, not working at HUD

Meghan McCain says Ben Carson should be developing brain cancer treatment, not working at HUD
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"The View" co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainTrump mocked for low attendance at rally 'Defund the police' movement hits semantics roadblock Meghan McCain slams Cuomo, de Blasio as 'an utter disgrace' following another night of unrest in NYC MORE said Wednesday that Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonSunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Carson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Ben Carson to read stories for children at home amid the coronavirus pandemic MORE should be pioneering new methods to combat brain cancer instead of working in his Trump administration position. 

The comments from McCain — whose father, former Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain's reset: US-Vietnam relations going strong after 25 years Senate outlook slides for GOP Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) died of brain cancer last year — come as Carson, a former surgeon, faces scrutiny for his management of the department. 

"He’s a pioneer in every way," McCain said on ABC's "The View." "And one of the things that he had been working on, is he was developing new methods to treat brain cell tumors and was revitalizing techniques to control seizures.

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"What’s really difficult for me, is my dad had glioblastoma stage four, which is an extremely deadly form of brain cancer," she continued, before noting that Carson could be helping families like hers with the "gift" he has. 

"For me when you have this gift, where you could be helping families like mine, to maybe sustain life, to help brain tumors, I don’t understand when you have a gift like that why you’re doing this," she said. "And that’s just a personal reaction I had to this, because I think he is a genius doctor, and I would prefer his talents be gone to helping brain tumors."

Carson is a former surgeon who had been noted for his work on brain tumors before being confirmed as HUD secretary in 2017. He had no prior government experience before taking on the position. 

The housing chief was grilled by Democrats during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Tuesday about some of the agency's policies, including HUD's announcement in April that it would tighten regulations barring immigrants in the country illegally from receiving federal housing benefits. 

Carson quickly made headlines after he was questioned by Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) about real estate owned (REO) foreclosures. 

Carson appeared to confuse the term REO, with Oreos, the popular sandwich cookie filled with vanilla cream. 

"No not an Oreo," Porter replied. 

Carson told NewsMax TV in March that he would "likely" leave his position at the conclusion of Trump's first term.