Ben Carson threw political reporters into overdrive the day before Thanksgiving when he declared he would soon have an announcement “about my role in helping to make America great again.”
Now, eight days later, those reporters are still waiting to hear what the announcement is.
Carson is keeping supporters and the media in suspense after writing on Facebook last Wednesday that he felt he could “make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great” after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
We know he’s been offered his pick of several positions, including the secretary of housing and urban development (HUD), despite originally turning down Trump’s request to serve in the Cabinet. Whether he’ll accept leadership of HUD is apparently still up in the air.
Carson “continues to ponder his decision,” spokesman Armstrong Williams wrote in an email Thursday.
The retired neurosurgeon has not been easiest Cabinet possibility to track.
Two weeks ago, Williams told The Hill that the former Republican presidential candidate felt he was not qualified to serve in Trump’s administration.
“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,” Williams reportedly said.
Then came Carson’s meeting at Trump Tower on Nov. 22.
“I’m seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD,” Trump tweeted afterward. “I’ve gotten to know him well — he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!”
Carson wrote his Facebook post a day later.
“We must bring back the compassion and the unity that empowers us and banish the divisiveness that weakens us,” he wrote. “We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid.”
That same day, Williams threw cold water on a report that Carson had accepted the HUD job. “Dr. Carson is going to make a decision over the Thanksgiving holidays” after taking time to pray about it, Williams told The Post.
And Carson himself was cagey that night during an appearance on Fox News.
“We did in fact have a discussion about things that needed to be done in this country and what the various options were — whether I could do it from inside the government or outside the government,” Carson told the Kelly File. “There are a lot of things that were put on the table, and I’m thinking about them.”
Carson also tamped down talk that he wasn’t qualified to lead HUD.
“In terms of complexity, I can guarantee you very little of it comes close to neurosurgery,” he said. “These things can easily be acquired, and you can put people around you who know all the little details.”
Carson has posted on Facebook many times since that night, but he has steered clear of talking about joining the Trump administration.
For Trump’s part, his team said it will defer to Carson and the president-elect.
“Dr. Carson is another person who’s been a fantastic ally,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters on a conference call Thursday. “I would just [wait for news] on that front.”