Senator Elizabeth Warren’s questions to HUD nominee Dr. Ben Carson are almost surreal. How she is able to tie in President-Elect Donald Trump’s personal banking and business into profit for Mr. Trump are a stretch. She is obviously operating from the premise that any smear, even though no way true, needed to be said to continue the narrative. Dr. Carson had a brilliant response.
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Dr. Ben Carson is Trump’s pick to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It was an interesting pick – a small government proponent and welfare critic chosen to head up a department like HUD. It would be like choosing Ron Paul to head up the Federal Reserve.
On the flip-side, it would be like Hillary Clinton being chosen to run the Office of Government Ethics or the Department of Justice.
It’ll be interesting to see how Ben Carson will be as HUD secretary, assuming he’s confirmed.
At Ben Carson’s confirmation hearing, he was questioned by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about Trump’s conflicts of interest, particularly pertaining to how the President-elect and his family could potentially benefit from Carson being HUD secretary. From RCP:
My concern is whether or not, among the billions of dollars that you’ll be responsible for handing out in grants and loans, can you assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family,” Warren asked.
“It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any American, particularly,” Carson responded. “It’s for all Americans, everything that we do.”
Do I take that to mean that you may manage programs that will significantly benefit the president-elect?” she responded.
“You can take it to mean that I will manage things in a way that benefits the American people. That is going to be the goal,” Carson said. “If there happens to be an extraordinarily good program that’s working for millions of people and it turns out that someone that you’re targeting is going to gain $10 from it, am I going to say ‘no, the rest of you Americans can’t have it?’ I think logic and common sense probably would be the best way.”
“This just highlights the absurdity and the danger of the president-elect’s refusal to put his assets in a true blind trust,” Warren replied. “He knows, the president-elect knows, what will benefit him and his family financially, but the public doesn’t. Which means he can divert taxpayer money into his own pockets without anyone knowing about it.”
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