The Senate Banking Committee heard testimony Thursday from retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of housing and urban development. Under questioning from Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Dr. Carson refused to say whether he would allow Trump’s company to profit from HUD loans.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Can you just assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family?”
Dr. Ben Carson: “It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any—any American.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “I understand that.”
Dr. Ben Carson: “OK. It’s for all Americans, everything that we do.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Do I take that to mean that you may manage programs that will significantly benefit the president-elect?”
Dr. Ben Carson: “You can take it to mean that I will manage things in a way that benefits the American people. That is going to be the goal.”
Carson also drew fire from civil rights groups over his response to a question about protections for LGBTQ tenants in public housing. Carson said he would enforce federal anti-discrimination laws, but said, “I don’t think anyone should get 'extra rights.'”