Ben Carson Nixes ‘Inclusive’ And ‘Discrimination Free’ Clause From HUD Statement

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development decided to scrap the words “inclusive” and “discrimination-free” from its official mission statement, according to a memo obtained by HuffPost.

A March 5 memo passed out to HUD staff announced the changes to the department’s mission statement, HuffPost reported Tuesday.

“HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation,” the new mission statement reads.

The previous mission statement under former President Barack Obama’s administration called for focusing on creating “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.”

The updates to the statement are meant to better “align HUD’s mission with the Secretary’s priorities and that of the Administration,” Amy Thompson, the assistant secretary for public affairs, wrote in the memo sent to staff.

“As in previous Administrations, HUD is considering modest changes to the Department’s mission statement to make it a more clear and concise expression of the historic work this agency performs on behalf of the American people.  You can be sure of one thing—any mission statement for this Department will embody the principle of fairness as a central element of everything that we do. HUD has been, is now, and will always be committed to ensuring inclusive housing, free from discrimination for all Americans,” the department told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement.

Carson recently came under fire for a purchase for a $31,000 dining set for his office. Carson said he was not aware the purchase had been made, yet he eventually requested it become canceled.

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