Retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, has reportedly decided he doesn’t want to be considered for a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. Carson was reportedly on a short list of candidates for the esteemed position of either Secretary of Education or Secretary of Health and Human Services.
A source close to Carson disclosed that he was offered the position as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He gave a modest reason as to why he denied it.
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In an interview with the Washington Post, Carson said, “The way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside,” He added, “I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.”
Carson, who was Trump’s most high-profile African American supporter, made his decision clear to the president-elect during several private conversations in recent days.
“I’ve said that if it came to a point where he absolutely needs me, I’d reconsider. But I don’t think that’s the situation with these positions,” he said. “My view is that if some people and the media are going to hate him, then he’s going to need allies on the outside to be there, to be there to move the country forward. I don’t care about a position.’
He jokingly added, “Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly.”
Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, commented on the shocking news of Mr. Carson turning down a highly regarded cabinet position saying, “Trump is a brother to Dr. Carson and they’ve formed a formidable bond. I’ve never seen Dr. Carson agonize so much over something. But it’s what’s best for everyone.”
Carson stated, as of now, he plans on continuing to do public speaking events and media appearances and visiting with President-elect, and his friend, Trump.
The retired neurosurgeon pointed out during the same interview with the Washington Post that he and Trump visit quite often when Trump is in Florida.“He’s just around the corner from where I am,” Carson said, referring to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
Carson commended Mr. Trump on a job well done choosing his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, which many considered a controversial pick. Bannon is “a very smart and wise counselor,” Carson said. “He’s the big-picture person.”