Ben Carson Declines Appointment to Trump Cabinet
Retired neurosurgeon, Donald Trump supporter and former candidate for the Republican party nominee Dr. Ben Carson has declined a position on President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet citing a lack of expertise to serve the President in that capacity.
"Dr. Carson doesn't feel like that's the best way for him to serve the president-elect," Armstrong Williams, an adviser familiar with the situation told Reuters.
"Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency," Armstrong Williams reportedly said to the Hill newspaper. "The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
This news comes as a surprise to many who have supported Trump and seen the growth of the relationship and support between the two men. But according to the latest reports Carson wants to work for change from outside of Washington rather than as an insider,
"The way I'm leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside," Carson said in an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post. "I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area."
Carson is however maintaining his position on Trump's transition team elected key people to positions within the administration.