Ben Carson at Confirmation Hearing: ‘It Will Not Be My Intention to do Anything to Benefit Any American’
During his Senate confirmation hearing today, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development hopeful Ben Carson got a bit tongue-tied while engaged in an exchange with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Warren began her question block by immediately grilling Carson on a letter she sent him where she expressed concern about President-elect Donald Trump and his family potentially benefiting from housing grants, since they have significant business interests in housing development.
Following a generalized answer by the retired neurosurgeon where he said he as driven by a sense of moral values, Warren interrupted to ask for a direct answer.
“My concern is whether or not among the billions of dollars you will be responsible for handing out in grants and loans,” the Massachusetts lawmaker said. “Can you just assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president elect or his family?”
“It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any American,” Carson answered. He was able to add the following after a second, “It is for all Americans what we do.”
They would continue their question-and-answer session after that moment with Warren continuing to hammer away about potential benefits to Trump via HUD.
Watch the exchange above, via C-SPAN2.
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