Trump cabinet: Ben Carson nominated for housing secretary
BBC News 6 December 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump has named Ben Carson, his former rival for the Republican nomination, as secretary of housing and urban development.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities”, the president-elect said in a statement, adding that the two had discussed his “urban renewal agenda”.
Mr Carson is the first African-American to be nominated for Mr Trump’s cabinet.
He endorsed Mr Trump in March after ending his own bid for the White House.
“Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans,” the statement from Mr Trump said.
But Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi criticised the nomination of Mr Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, calling him a “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice to lead a department as complex and consequential as housing and urban development”.
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