Ben Carson defends President Trump in series of Fox News interviews

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Ben Carson defends President Trump in series of Fox News interviews
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Ben Carson defends President Trump in series of Fox News interviews
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Ben Carson, renowned former neurosurgeon and current US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has appeared on Fox News networks at least four times in the past week to defend President Trump amid his feud with four freshman congresswomen. Carson insisted that the president is not a racist and criticized the media for portraying him as such. The former neurosurgeon, and fellow political outsider, is considered one of President Trump’s closest allies.

During an interview with Fox’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Carson recalled a moment during the 2016 Republican primary when then-candidate Trump waited with him backstage during a debate while technical issues with Carson’s audio were resolved. The former neurosurgeon noted how the other candidates were unwilling to wait with him, as they did not want to delay their entrance onto the stage. Carson endorsed Trump’s campaign less than two weeks after withdrawing from the 2016 race.

Carson joined Trump’s transition team as vice chairman following the 2016 election. Less than a month after the election, Trump announced that Carson would be nominated as the Housing and Urban Development Secretary. Although the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs voted unanimously in favor of Carson’s nomination, he was confirmed in a contentious 58-41 vote in the Senate.

Since becoming a member of the Trump administration, Carson appears to be developing a slightly more hostile relationship with the media and members of the Democratic Party. Much like the president, Carson has employed the use of controversial language and imagery in his criticism of his opponents. While appearing on Fox Business earlier this year, Carson accused his critics of utilizing “Saul Alinsky” tactics against him.

While speaking about the president to Fox News this week, Carson said, “I have an advantage of knowing the president very well, and he’s not a racist and his comments are not racist… But he loves the country very much and, you know, he has a feeling that those who represent the country should love it as well.”

Carson also expressed his views on Twitter:

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