Ben Carson Forgoes Cabinet Position Because He Believes He Lacks Experience
Ben Carson has reportedly taken himself out of consideration for a Cabinet position because he doesn’t believe he has enough experience:
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has told President-elect Donald Trump that he isn’t interested in serving as secretary of Health and Human Services, a Carson ally confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.
Business manager and close friend Armstrong Williams said Carson won’t join the incoming Trump administration and would only serve as an unofficial adviser.
Circa on Tuesday reported that Carson had been offered the position, citing Williams. But Williams told The Hill that no specific offer had been made.
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams told The Hill in a phone call.
“Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”
On one level, I have to compliment Dr. Carson on his honesty and his willingness to set aside ambition when he doesn’t believe he’s qualified or prepared for the position. On the other hand, I have to wonder two things:
- If this is what Dr. Carson really believes, why did he bother running for President? Obviously, if you don’t have the experience to run a Cabinet Department, you don’t have the experience to be President; and,
- If this is true, why did Dr. Carson endorse Donald Trump, who clearly doesn’t have the experience to be President either?
Of course, I doubt anyone he’s inclined to talk to at this point will ask Dr. Carson these questions.