Ben Carson sends Oreos to Democrat who quizzed him on REOs

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonMoulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate Moulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate Lawmakers battle over HUD protections for homeless transgender people 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 BeattyA true believer in diversity, inclusion On The Money: US banks see profits rise | Pelosi 'optimistic' on infrastructure deal with Trump | Former Black Caucus staffers flex clout on K Street Former Congressional Black Caucus staffers flex clout on K Street 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 ZeldinOvernight Defense: Trump hails D-Day veterans in Normandy | Trump, Macron downplay rift on Iran | Trump mourns West Point cadet's death in accident | Pentagon closes review of deadly Niger ambush Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' 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.