Ben Carson sends Oreos to Democrat who quizzed him on REOs

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonDemocrats: It's Trump's world, and we're just living in it Melania Trump receives university's 'Woman of Distinction' award amid pushback from students California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the homeless: 'We own this issue' 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 BeattyDemocrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report Both sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night 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 ZeldinSanders: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad' in Cuba under Castro Trump allies blast Romney over impeachment vote: 'A sore loser' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus 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.