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Ben Carson declines Trump cabinet position because he 'has no government experience'

The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
Reuters

Retired neurosurgeon and former 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has opted against accepting a cabinet position in the Trump administration, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

Carson has been a close adviser to Trump and is a vice chairman of histransition team.

He has been mentioned as a possible secretary of health and human services or education.

Carson's business manager, Armstrong Williams, saidCarsonhas made clear he has no experience in running a federal bureaucracy.

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"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," he said, according to The Hill.

Carsonwill continue to adviseTrump in an unofficial capacity, Williams reportedly said.

-Reuters contributed to this report

 
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