Yea… he was running for President. What’s the real reason?
Ben Carson — who wanted to be commander in chief — turned down any role in a Trump Administration because “he has no government experience,” a close adviser said Tuesday.
“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,” Armstrong Williams, Carson’s manager and longtime pal, told The Hill.
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” he said.
The website reported that Carson was specifically offered a job as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, citing sources.
But Carson, a Donald Trump supporter after dropping out of the race himself, said he’d prefer to remain an outsider.
“The way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside,” Carson told The Washington Post. “I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.”
Meanwhile, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence huddled at Trump Tower over Cabinet picks.
The meeting took place after Team Trump dumped Chris Christie as head of its transition team and reportedly started from near scratch after scuttling all of the work the New Jersey governor and his staff had done over the past months.
“[The shakeup] definitely caused some confusion. There’s been a lot of dust that’s been kicked up,” a transition team source told Politico.
“It’s a lot of new people coming in the door. I’m sure their heads are spinning, with security clearances and background checks,” another source told the website.
“They’re going from the footloose and fancy-free world of the campaign into the process of setting up a government. It’s a little different.”
Christie’s demotion and the canning of his top aides — Rich Bagger, his ex-chief of staff, and William Palatucci, a former law partner and the transition’s general counsel — shocked the team’s members, the website reported.
In an interview on Good Morning America, Fox News host Megyn Kelly said Trump’s top adviser, Steve Bannon, was now calling the shots, describing him as the “Trump Whisperer.”
Bagger and Palatucci created an operation that was more professional than the free-wheeling campaign, and played a central role in hiring transition staff and preparing lists of candidates for top administration jobs.
Another departure was ex-House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, who was reportedly bounced over his ties to Christie.
But The Weekly Standard reported that the real reason was that his Benghazi report – one of many to emerge from the GOP-led Congress — wasn’t tough enough on Hillary Clinton’s actions before and after the terrorist attack on the US diplomatic compound, which left four Americans dead.
Meanwhile, conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham’s is a strong candidate for press secretary, CNN reported.
Carson isn’t the only GOPer who is not interested in working for Trump.
Eliot A. Cohen , respected former state department aide and Middle East expert during the Bush Administration who had urged Republicans to work with Trump, changed his mind on Twitter Tuesday.
“After exchange w Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They’re angry, arrogant, screaming “you LOST!” Will be ugly,” he wrote.