Senate confirms Ben Carson as HUD secretary

Senate confirms Ben Carson as HUD secretary

It was confirmed that Ben Carson will join Trump's Cabinet to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Most housing and banking groups have supported Carson's nomination; however, Democrats and advocacy groups have questioned his lack of experience on housing issues and commitment to federal programs that support public housing for the poor.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-Nev.), who voted against Carson, said she could not "place the lives of thousands of Nevadans who depend on HUD in the hands of someone who is ill-equipped to lead it". Since Trump has quite a knack for Twitter, he tweeted saying he "is thrilled to nominate Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development". Carson also previously compared the resulting regulations of the Fair Housing Act to "what you see in communist countries'".

Carson, who, through a spokesperson past year admitted he had no qualifications to be a cabinet secretary, will be in charge of a $50 billion federal government agency whose mission he has said he does not support.

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Several congress members have vocally opposed Carson's nomination process including former vice presidential candidate, Sen.

Carson spoke about his experience growing up with an illiterate single mother in Detroit, explaining that that experience helped him to understand "what housing insecurity was".

"We're going to do great things in our African-American communities", Trump said, appearing with Carson on a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. And HUD has a meaning far beyond housing.

During the election campaign, Trump vehemently attacked Ben Carson, telling him that he was a person with "very low energy" and launching harsh criticism against dubious data of his autobiography. "We call on Secretary Carson to be a strong champion of cities within the administration, and to protect federal programs like CDBG that serve as bridges to economic opportunity and mobility". And Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made no social media comment on Dr. Carson, focusing her attention instead on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' current controversy regarding his 2016 conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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