Contrary to rumors, Ben Carson will not serve in Donald Trump’s administration.
Armstrong Williams — Carson’s business manager and advisor — told Circa that Trump wanted the former neurosurgeon to serve as his secretary of Health and Human Services, yet Carson turned down the position because he believes he can “best serve the President outside the administration.
A second source reportedly confirmed Carson’s decision to Circa.
Williams further told Politico that this “an issue of him turning down anything.”
“[Carson] has no interest in a cabinet position, or any position in the administration.”
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams said in a statement to The Hill. “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.”
Just last week, Carson stated that he is fully committed to helping Trump repeal the Affordable Care Act. (RELATED: Ben Carson Was Asked About Helping Trump Repeal Obamacare. Here’s How He Answered)
Carson also stressed the need to craft a thorough replacement before initiating a full-fledged repeal of the law.
Trump himself has distanced himself from a full-fledged repeal since winning the election.
Despite promising voters a total repeal of Obamacare in his first 100 days in office, Trump said Friday that “out of respect” for President Obama, he will consider keeping two key components of the Affordable Care Act. (RELATED: Here’s How Trump Will Dismantle Obamacare)
Vice President-Elect Mike Pence did not comment on whether Carson had accepted or declined the HHS position when asked by reporters on Tuesday.