By Earnest Jones  |  12-06-2016   News
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Despite the intense rivalry in the Republicans primary presidential elections, Ben Carson has been nominated by US President-elect Donald Trump as the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson had expressed his reluctance in taking up any position in the new administration as he sighted lack of experience in the federal government as the reason as to why he was reluctant. However, Carson changed his mind on Monday and accepted Trump’s offer.

Ben Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who ended his presidential bid in March after which he endorsed Trump. Ben Carson is 65 years and he’ll be the first African-American to be picked by Trump for a cabinet position. However, Carson’s position will require confirmation from the US Senate.

In a statement made by Carson, he expressed his gratitude in getting the opportunity to serve the United States as he said that he was honored. He continued to say that he feels that he can make some viable contribution by empowering and strengthening communities that are in need.

As you would expect, the Democrats are whining over Trump’s decision to nominate Ben Carson as the claimed that he is unqualified to handle the $48-billion agency that takes care of public housing.

The first democrat to whine was Nancy Pelosi who is the current Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives. In a statement that he made on Monday, He said that Carson is unqualified to lead a department that’s complex and consequential as the Housing and Urban Development. But the president-elect expressed confidence in Ben Carson saying that he was confident that he would do the Job.

Awarded a scholarship to Yale University to study Medicine, Ben was born in poverty in Detroit. At the age of 33 he was named the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is charged with the responsibility of helping middle and low income individuals to find affordable housing by offering mortgage assistance, rent subsides, and public housing. It also enforces laws intended to prevent discrimination against prospective buyers or those who want to rent, the agency also oversees mortgage lending.

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