The Latest: Trump offers Housing secretary job to Ben Carson – Washington Post

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NEW YORK — The Latest on Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has formally offered retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson the position of secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That’s according to a person familiar with the offer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the deliberations publicly.

Carson had previously said he was not interested in serving in Trump’s administration.

But his business manager Armstrong Williams says Carson has always maintained he’d be open to considering a senior role in the administration if Trump convinced him there was no one else for the job.

Williams says Carson was especially intrigued by the HUD position after being floated as a potential secretary of education or health and human services.

Carson will consider the offer over Thanksgiving.

Trump tweeted about Carson Tuesday, saying he was “seriously considering” him for the post and praising him as “a greatly talented person who loves people!”


4:15 p.m.

Former Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee says she’s not seeking a job in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Rhee met with Trump on Saturday amid speculation that she was being considered for education secretary.

Rhee tweeted a statement Tuesday saying she’s “not pursuing a position with the administration.” She says she appreciated the chance to discuss education with Trump. She says those who urged her not to meet with him were “wrong” and that it’s important to find common ground on education policy.

Rhee is a Democrat who served as District of Columbia schools chancellor from 2007 to 2010, where she was viewed as a national leader in urban education reform. She later founded a nonprofit called StudentsFirst.


2:50 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump says there’s “some connectivity” between humans and climate change.

He tells The New York Times on Tuesday that “clean air is vitally important” and he’s keeping an open mind about whether to pull the United States out of a multinational agreement on climate change.

He appeared to break dramatically with his own previous remarks that climate change was a hoax.

The Times reported that he said Tuesday, “I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much.”


2:40 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is disavowing white nationalist sympathizers who celebrated his election during a conference in Washington over the weekend.

He tells The New York Times that “I disavow and condemn them.”

He was responding to a question during Tuesday’s interview about a weekend event during which attendees cheered Trump’s election and gave Nazi salutes.

The Times is publishing excerpts via Twitter of its interview Tuesday with Trump. The newspaper didn’t immediately release a transcript.


2:30 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump says that in theory he could run his business and the country with no conflict of interest.

He tells The New York Times on Tuesday that “the president can’t have a conflict of interest,” but he’s in the process of handing over his business to his children, anyway.

Trump is facing questions about whether he and his children face a conflict of interest by having roles in the presidential transition and the Trump Organization.

He said of his critics, “If it were up to some people, I would never, ever see my daughter Ivanka again” to avoid any business-presidential conflict.


2:00 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to move on from years of investigations of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

He tells The New York Times that prosecuting the Clintons “would be very, very divisive for the country.” He says he doesn’t want “to hurt the Clintons,” adding that he doesn’t think his supporters will be disappointed once he explains that “we, in many ways, will save our country.”

The Times is publishing excerpts via Twitter of its interview Tuesday with Trump. The newspaper didn’t immediately release a transcript.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway earlier in the day told MSNBC that Trump was sending a signal to congressional Republicans to abandon years of investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the deadly raid on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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