Ben Carson sends Oreos to Democrat who quizzed him on REOs

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE sent Oreos on Tuesday to the Democrat who quizzed him during a hearing about REO — or real estate-owned — foreclosures.

"OH, REO! Thanks, @RepKatiePorter," Carson tweeted. 

"Enjoying a few post-hearing snacks. Sending some your way!"

Carson seemed to not know what an REO foreclosure was during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday.


Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asked Carson about the housing term, and he seemed to confuse it with Oreos, the popular chocolate cookies filled with vanilla cream.

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

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

He also seemed confused when Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyProgressive group unveils first slate of 2020 congressional endorsements Action needed to protect women in the workforce Stars turn out as Chappelle receives Mark Twain Prize MORE (D-Ohio) asked the HUD secretary 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 approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump House moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians GOP lawmakers, Trump campaign rip 'liberal law professors' testifying in impeachment hearing 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.

HUD does have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion.