WSJ: Trump Picks Ben Carson, Who Has No Expertise in Housing Policy,...

WSJ: Trump Picks Ben Carson, Who Has No Expertise in Housing Policy, as Secretary of HUD


According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, POTUS-Elect Donald Trump has asked Dr. Ben Carson to serve as his Secretary of Housing Secretary. The question is why? Just as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has no experience in foreign policy, Dr. Ben Carson has no experience in federal housing policy.  This is why it makes very little sense that Carson would serve as the Secretary of Housing and urban Affairs.

If Donald Trump wanted to select someone he could randomly ignore in a position he likely cares little about, he could have at least selected someone who has basic knowledge of the subject matter. Perhaps Trump was backed in a corner regarding naming an African American and HUD has always served Republican presidents as the go-to place to stick someone Black.

But careful what you wish for: Carson’s appearances in front of Congress are bound to be just as unamusing as the appearance Michel Brown made after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana.  When individuals who don’t know policy details are put in high positions bad results usually follow.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke