UPDATED: 12/5/16 9:42 AM — President-elect Donald Trump’s latest Cabinet pick is former campaign rival Ben Carson, who Trump wants to be his secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump says in a statement that he’s “thrilled to nominate” Carson, describing the retired neurosurgeon as having “a brilliant mind.” Carson has been both loyal and critical of Trump, saying at one point he would have preferred a scenario other than Trump winning the Republican nomination.
Original post: 11/15/16
Ben Carson will not be taking a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. His business manager says the former neurosurgeon has opted out of being considered for any cabinet or other administration positions.
Carson’s business manager Armstrong Williams Carson feels he has no government experience, nor ever run a federal agency. Willams says Carson “doesn’t want to take a position that could cripple the presidency.” The former presidential candidate who ran in the crowded GOP primary feels he can better serve in an outside advisory role.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he intends to remain as governor but would consider a Trump administration post if offered. He spoke in a radio interview (with WPG) from the Republican Governors Association conference in Florida.