President-elect Donald Trump is "seriously considering" retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he said in a tweet Tuesday.
An aide to the former 2016 presidential contender contended last week that Carson was not interested in serving in Trump's administration even though "everything was open to him," including Health and Human Services secretary.
"Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency," Armstrong Williams told the Hill. "The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
And on Fox News Sunday over the weekend, Carson himself said he preferred to have an “outside role” in Trump’s administration but would give “very serous consideration” should the president-elect “conclude” to have him in his Cabinet.
But Trump took to social media Tuesday to announce Carson is a top contender for HUD secretary.
"I've gotten to know him well — he's a greatly talented person who loves people!" Trump tweeted.
I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I've gotten to know him well--he's a greatly talented person who loves people!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1479834647.0
President Barack Obama appointed current HUD Secretary Julian Castro in 2014.