As President-Elect Donald Trump continues to make cabinet appointments, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has stepped into the fray by highlighting his latest appointment as particularly egregious — even for Trump. The Associated Press reports that Pelosi called one-time presidential candidate Ben Carson, Trump's pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, "a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice."
Carson, who believes that the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built to store grain and bragged about receiving a "most honest" student award in a nonexistent Yale class, has no experience with housing policy. Indeed, much like Trump himself, Carson has no government experience of any kind — a fact seemingly not lost on him. The Hill reports that Carson's business manager just last month said the ex-neurosurgeon would turn down a Trump appointment. "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency," Armstrong Williams told the publication. "The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
Carson vocally agreed, telling The Washington Post last month that "Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly."
It appears that today is a new day and those concerns have gone out the window, as Reuters reports that Carson has accepted Trump's offer to head the $48 billion agency. "I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need," Carson explained in a statement.
Pelosi disagrees. "Our country deserves a HUD Secretary with the relevant experience to protect the rights of homeowners and renters, particularly in low income and minority communities, and to ensure that everyone in our country can have access to safe and affordable housing without facing discrimination or homelessness," she wrote in a statement released today. "There is no evidence that Dr. Carson brings the necessary credentials to hold a position with such immense responsibilities and impact on families and communities across America."
Pelosi is right about that, but if only she had been right when she said "Donald Trump knows he shouldn't be President."