Trump called Carson a
"distinguished national leader who overcame his troubled youth in the
inner city of Detroit to become a renowned neurosurgeon."
(Washington, DC)—[CBN News]
President-elect Donald Trump is kicking off a busy week with two
cabinet announcements. His transition office revealed Monday that he'd
chosen former rival- turned adviser Ben Carson as secretary of Housing
and Urban Development. (Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Segar/File Photo)
Trump said he was "thrilled" to nominate
Carson, calling him a "distinguished national leader who overcame his
troubled youth in the inner city of Detroit to become a renowned
"Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is
passionate about strengthening communities and families within those
communities," Trump said in a statement Monday.
"We have talked at length about my
urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much
including our inner cities," he continued. "Ben shares my optimism about
the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a
Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and
never gives up."
Also expected Monday is a formal
announcement on the appointment of retired Gen. James Mattis to be
Trump's secretary of defense. Mattis is known to many by his nicknames
'Mad Dog' and 'Warrior Monk.'
"He speaks his mind. He's very
colorful when he speaks; he's a dynamic leader that the troops just
love. They're inspired by him,' said Steve Bucci, visiting fellow with
The Heritage Foundation and former Army Special Forces officer.
In 2013, President Barack Obama relieved
General Mattis of his post at Central Command. The two reportedly
disagreed on policy towards Iran. Mattis has called the Islamic Republic
the single most enduring threat to stability in the Middle East, he's
been critical of the Iran nuclear deal and he warns America must plan
for the worst.
is not in this delusional position of the Obama administration that the
Iranians are people we can really deal with—they're not. They are our
adversaries," Bucci said. (Photo: General Mattis/Wikipedia)
He believes Mattis is the right man to
rebuild the military and focus on defense instead of the types of social
experimentation that's occurred under the current administration.
Meanwhile, this weekend Trump kept
his Twitter account hot, promising a 35 percent tax at the border on
companies that fire their employees to manufacture products overseas,
then sell them back into the U.S. That promise followed Trump's
ground-breaking phone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen,
making him the first American president or president-elect to speak with
a Taiwanese leader since 1979.
"It's a little mystifying to me that
President Obama can reach out to a murdering dictator in Cuba in the
last year and be hailed as a hero for doing it and President-elect
Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from the democratically elected
leader in Taiwan and it's become something of a controversy," Vice
President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
Speaking of diplomacy, Trump is expanding his search for contenders to fill the position of secretary of state.
'This week he'll have additional interviews with other candidates,' Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
That's in addition to the already long short
list, which includes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former New
York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Gen. David Petraeus, Sen. Bob Corker,
R-TN , and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.