Just last week we reported that Politico Ben Carson’s name was being floated as a possible candidate for the positions of Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of Education. The website Circa reported today that Carson had actually been offered the HHS position.
We’d hoped that Carson would be influential in helping design the system that will replace Obamacare, regardless of his role in the Trump administration.
As it turns out, it’s in fact more likely that Carson will act as an advisor, as Politico is reporting that Carson will not serve in the Trump administration, according to a longtime confidant of the retired neurosurgeon.
“He has no interest in a cabinet position, or any position in the administration,” Carson adviser Armstrong Williams told Politico.
Carson has been frequently mentioned as a possible Health and Human Services or Education secretary. But Williams said Carson believes he can better serve President-elect Donald Trump as an outside adviser, given Carson’s lack of governing experience. “It’s not an issue of him turning down anything,” Williams said. “It was clear that he had his pick of what he wanted to do.”
Carson told the Washington Post that “the way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside. I want the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.”
As a candidate, Carson stressed the role of citizens who serve in the government for limited periods of time, as our founders intended, rather than becoming career politicians. We can only hope that while Carson may not be choosing formal government service at this time, that he indeed will prove to be a trusted outside adviser to President Trump.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]