Ben Carson, the pro-life physician and former Republican presidential candidate, has reportedly turned down a cabinet position in the Trump Administration. According to news reports today, Carson reportedly had his pick of positions including a possible stint as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Interestingly, a source close to Ben Carson reportedly told news outlets that he felt like he didn’t have enough experience to head a federal department at this time.
Business manager and close friend Armstrong Williams said Carson won’t join the incoming Trump administration and would only serve as an unofficial adviser.
Circa on Tuesday reported that Carson had been offered the position, citing Williams. But Williams told The Hill that no specific offer had been made.
“Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him,” Williams told The Hill in a phone call.
“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.”
The renowned neurosurgeon was one of Trump’s first primary opponents to jump on board his campaign. He was viewed as one of the likely picks to lead the agency that will work to roll back ObamaCare in the new administration.
Carson had made his strong pro-life stance clear on the campaign trail. In December, he blamed “peer pressure” for American’s acceptance of abortion as a “woman’s right.”
“Someone has tried to make this into an issue of women’s rights,” the former neurosurgeon told a pro-life crowd in Nevada. “What about the baby? You know, it’s one of the most sacred relationships in the universe, a mother and that child inside of her.
“How have we become so distorted that we have managed to convince women that that baby inside of her is her enemy and that she has a right to kill it,” Carson said.
In a November interview with Breitbart News, Carson said he would “use the bully pulpit” to work to restore a culture of life in the United States if elected president.
Carson also said he supports repealing Roe v. Wade. He also has been very vocal about his opposition to Obamacare.