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Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary

Bakari Sellers reacts to the news that Dr. Ben Carson will be formally nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Who is Ben Carson ?

Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. is a retired American surgeon.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson has authored numerous books on his medical career and political stances, and was the subject of a television drama film in 2009.

Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 to 2013 when he retired. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson’s achievements include performing the first and only successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head, pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures.

Carson became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33.

Carson has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications. In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Carson’s widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast catapulted him to conservative fame for his views on social and political issues. On 4 May 2015, Carson announced he was running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election at a rally in his hometown of Detroit. In March 2016, following the Super Tuesday primaries, he suspended his campaign and announced he would be the new national chairman of My Faith Votes, a group that encourages Christians to exercise their civic duty to vote. Carson then endorsed the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Carson will serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump Administration, pending confirmation by the United States Senate

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