Ben Carson sends Oreos to Democrat who quizzed him on REOs

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 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 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) 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 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.

HUD does have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion.