Donald Trump Appoints Dr. Ben Carson Housing and Urban Development Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has appointed retired neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carson will become the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold a cabinet-level position in the United States government. Carson will succeed Democrat Julian Castro as the 17th HUD secretary, leading a department with a nearly $50 billion budget that provides rental assistance for over 5 million households. HUD also oversees enforcement of federal fair housing laws.

During the Republican primary race, Carson was the only candidate in a crowded field to briefly overtake Donald Trump as frontrunner. His national prominence provided a short-lived opportunity for Seventh-day Adventists to define their faith before national media. However, Carson soon faded and dropped out of the race without winning a single primary contest.

Throughout the contest, Trump repeatedly maligned Carson, calling him “pathological” and asked a crowd of 1,500 supporters in Iowa, “How stupid are the people of Iowa to believe this crap?” referring to details of Carson’s autobiography, “Gifted Hands.” Trump also called into question Carson’s Seventh-day Adventist faith. In a CNN interview, Trump compared Carson’s “pathological temper” to a child molestor, saying “you don’t cure these people.”

Those slights were soon forgotten. In a televised news conference at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Carson endorsed Trump. Trump said of Carson then “Everybody loves him and truly, truly admires what he’s done,” and called him a “special, special person and a special man.”

In an interview with NewsMax, Carson admitted that he would have rather endorsed someone other than Trump, but said, “that scenario isn’t available.” Carson said that after talking with Trump, he was promised that he would assist a Trump administration in an advisory capacity, maybe more. He declined to elaborate.

On November 22, Trump tweeted that he was considering Ben Carson for HUD secretary a week after Carson advisor and confidant Armstrong Williams told the press Carson would not accept a cabinet appointment. “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency," Williams said. Carson later clarified that Trump needed “independent voices” and that he would continue to work with the Trump transition team.

Today, Carson accepted the HUD secretary appointment tweeting, “I am honored to accept the opportunity to serve our country and in the Trump Administration.

Many on Twitter celebrated the appointment, saying that Carson will be the first HUD secretary to have lived in public housing. AP clarified, noting, “Carson has not said whether his family ever lived in federally funded housing or received Section 8 subsidies to help pay rent, but as a political figure he has criticized such public assistance programs for creating "dependency" on the government among low-income minorities.”

Democratic Congressional Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement calling Carson a “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice to lead a department as complex and consequential as Housing and Urban Development.”

Michael T. Nixon, Legal Coordinator at the Fair Housing Justice Center in Long Island City, Queens, New York and a Seventh-day Adventist, expressed concern for how Carson’s appointment might impact fair housing.

“Everyone that I have talked to in the fair housing community is just as stunned as I am at his appointment,” Nixon said. “There really just isn't any way to predict how this will affect the funding of fair housing groups across the country as well as HUD's obligation to enforce fair housing laws.”

Nixon noted that America has made strides in providing fair housing within past year. He cited the Supreme Court's decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., which preserved the disparate impact theory of liability under the Fair Housing Act; HUD's recently-released rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing; and HUD's guidance on how criminal records should not automatically preclude persons from housing.

Nixon also expressed concern over Carson's Washington Times op-ed last year calling desegregation efforts “a failed socialist experiment.” “It was pretty alarming at the time, and even more so now that he has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of HUD,” Nixon said. “If he allows that opinion to shape the way he runs HUD, that does not bode well for victims of housing discrimination across the country that will reach out to fair housing groups or HUD directly seeking justice.”

Noting that Carson was a beneficiary of public housing and other government assistance programs “that enabled him and his family to better themselves and take advantage of better opportunities,” Nixon expressed hope that Carson would reconnect with his own story.

“If he remembers where he came from,” Nixon said, “then he has an opportunity to do some great work here. If not, then we will brace for the worst and try to mitigate whatever damage his leadership may cause.”

Carson’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the United States Senate.

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It is hard to understand and reconcile Carson’s history and his more recent statements. As a former good friend of the Carsons, I can’t help wondering about his switch in tone and what might have caused it. Almost seems that his personality has undergone a change and he has become an attention-seeker like Trump.


I fear that our friend Ben will not maintain his former highly principled and soft spoken persona in the cut and thrust of Washington politics. Thank the Lord that Ben is not in a political sphere where the Westminster system of government is in place, with a spokesman on housing from Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition [Loyal to Her Majesty not to HUD you understand] breathing down his neck at every moment of every day. May Ben continue the legacy of Desmond Doss by his speaking truth to power, speaking truth to the general public and maintaining courage and honesty in political life! Yes, truth, courage and honesty characterized many politicians of a by-gone-era, but are now as rare as hen’s teeth in today’s political world, where point scoring and slimy, greasy cultivation of political good will is the order of the day. May our man be able to rise above all this!

Ben, were you to move out of your sub-tropical mansion into more modest digs you would be sending the right signal to those who live in public housing!


Sell your soul to the devil and this is what you get. From playing politics to criticize the President with a prayer, to accepting and enabling the horrible aspects of Trump, Carson shouldn’t even be taken seriously as a person of principle. Unless that principle, is working for a political advantage.


He would fit right in on our conference executive committee with those qualifications.


Ben Carson is a key proponent of the anti-political correctness movement. It will be interesting to see how far being incorrect will take him.


Let’s hope Dr Carson works compassionately and actively to help the poor and needy. To strengthen the safety net for those that need it.



That’s the way I, and others I know, see it. Attention can become an addiction.


this is a really exciting development, even if it involves a trump administration…ben carson now will have a huge bully pulpit from which to speak and act…if he surrounds himself with knowledgeable experts - and why wouldn’t he - he can make a real contribution to millions of lives…what an opportunity for an adventist…


Has anyone noticed how Seventh day Adventists rush and gush to make celebrities and idols of persons in the Church?
Dr. Ben has now become bigger than life.
The 3 Ex-gays and 2 Ex-lesbians have been shown around the world in tours.
We had our famous Movie/TV stars for a while, actually, more than one.
One was a Pastor turned TV star.
Our music stars. Although we don’t talk about Little Richard anymore. I recall seeing him on
an afternoon talk show [in black and white TV screen days] where he was OK saying he was
an SDA. Actually, in church was where he learned piano. He has a Star with his name on it
at the Douglass Theatre entrance here in Macon. And a street named after him.
We now have even elevated Desmond Doss since his movie has come out. Were it not for
that he would a person lost in history to the last and this generation growing up.
Let us Hope Dr Ben survives being a celebrity in the SDA church in his political position.
Let us be careful NOT to use him like we have Des Doss.

I live in a high rise apartment complex that provides HUD subsidies to residents. Talking to a
number of residents here, many of them are in the $600 to $700 a month income. HUD requires
30% of income from the client. that is $180 to $210 per month. Housing elsewhere in Macon is
$500 at a “boarding house”, $800 to 1200 for an apartment plus then there are utilities to pay.
I do see that HUD housing is not always the best. By that I mean it “Segregates” people into
low income families, maybe even people of a certain color into Ghettos and away from certain
areas of town. All the children attend the same schools, so do not interact with children from
families of higher income brackets. So these can be the Negative Effects of HUD Housing.


Ben owes it to African Americans generally , and the Adventist Church in particular , to study and listen to smart and knowledgeable advisers , in order to make a rousing success of this job.As long as he is not drinking cocktails and similar rubbish activities , he can do his job on the Sabbath helping the underprivileged, giving hope tom poor families, and so on." The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" I believe the saying is. This is especially applicable in a scenario when the national good is at stake, in my opinion.Others may see it differently but I say Go to it BEN. I wish you every success.


I don’t think he’ll be worried about Sabbath, he was already in the habit of campaigning on Sabbath.


It seems Carson is headed for a cabinet position. That’s a whale of an undertaking; Jonah does come to mind. It seems he continues to choose diversion over the higher calling.

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It is encouraging to see that the broad brush, generalization, fanatic, cliché perspective on “Judge not that ye be not judged” has almost made it to the “OUT LIST” Ben Carson’s personality & character has been speculated on, 2nd guessed, found guilty before a trial.

And Steve Mga…what do you expect from a country which has a culture of celebrity, debt, materialism, and infidelity?

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What a coincidence! Nearly simultaneously two Adventists came in focus of national and world publicity:
The first one has selflessly served for his country never thinking of the cost it could take. The other one very ambitiously attempting to do so for gaining attention and fame.
The first one did it by obeying his principles which could hinder his service, the other one by abandoning one after another of those same principles.
What a strange company of people we are! It seems that we have passed that critical mass after which there is (according to statistical laws) every sort of human virtue and failure.
It’s us. Nothing special, nothing peculiar, nothing like remnant. Lord, have mercy on us!

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It is saddening to read the press reports eviscerating Dr. Carson for what they call “islamaphobic” statements during the campaign (which they probably were), ridiculing him for his statements on the pyramids and how prisoners easily change their sexual behavior when in or out of prison (ergo, one’s sexuality is a “choice”), and so on. Even well-educated Adventists should counsel with others besides themselves when ascending the public visibility ladder.


Not to be took picky here, but I believe it is perhaps inaccurate to state (in the headline and the first paragraph) that Dr. Carson was “named” and “appointed.” I believe the correct verb is “nominated.” I see you have clarified at the end of the article that his appointment is subject to Senate confirmation but until that occurs he is a “nominee” and has not been appointed. Then again, I could be wrong!..


Thank you for wishing the best for Dr. Carson. It is so easy to pray for and encourage political figures toward well doing that I’m surprised there are not more people who are determined to do that.


Dr. Benson Carson appointment to HUD a cabinet-level position in the United States government is responsible to President Donald Trump Administration.

Dr. Ben Carson is not responsible to President Ted Wilson Administration of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church in U.S.A.

Hence, it’s not Dr Ben Carson calling nor appropriate evangelizing Adventism.

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Sorry, but Ben seems to have forgotten his humble beginnings and is opposed to welfare in today’s world.