Car­son now says he’d con­sider if Trump makes of­fer

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By John Fritze john.fritze@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jfritze

WASH­ING­TON — Less than a week af­ter in­di­cat­ing he would not seek a po­si­tion in Pres­i­dent- elect Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, re­tired Johns Hop­kins neu­ro­sur­geon Ben Car­son has seemed to soften that stance, in­di­cat­ing he would give any of­fer “se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.”

The renowned physi­cian ran an un­suc­cess­ful cam­paign for pres­i­dent this year and then be­came an early and vo­cal sur­ro­gate for Trump.

Car­son’s back­ground in health care made him the cen­ter of spec­u­la­tion as a pos­si­ble sec­re­tary of the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices. His name has also come up as a po­ten­tial sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion.

“Ba­si­cally, I’ve said my pref­er­ence is to be out­side and to act as an ad­viser, but if af­ter go­ing through the process they all con­clude it would be much bet­ter to have mein the Cab­i­net, I would have to give that very se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion,” Car­son told Fox News on Sun­day. “It’s just not my pref­er­ence.”

The com­ments came days af­ter Car­son and his aides ap­peared to throw cold wa­ter on the idea of a job in the ad­min­is­tra­tion. His busi­ness man­ager and spokesman, Arm­strong Wil­liams, told sev­eral me­dia out­lets last week that Car­son was not in­ter­ested.

“Dr. Car­son feels he has no gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s never run a fed­eral agency,” Wil­liams told The Hill news­pa­per in Wash­ing­ton. “The last thing he would want to do was take a po­si­tion that could crip­ple the pres­i­dency.”

Trump has fo­cused since the elec­tion on build­ing a na­tional se­cu­rity team, but he has also met in re­cent days with sev­eral na­tional ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers.

Sev­eral Mary­lan­ders are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for jobs in Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. The name of John Bolton, a for­mer am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, was floated early as a pos­si­ble sec­re­tary of state. Mont­gomery County Repub­li­can David Bossie is con­sid­ered a con­tender to lead the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

Car­son, 65, sus­pended his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in March fol­low­ing a fifth-place fin­ish on Su­per Tues­day and dis­ap­point­ing re­sults in other early states.

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