Still planning on remaining close to the president-elect, Ben Carson has decided that he doesn't want to work in Donald Trump's Cabinet. "Dr. Carson doesn't feel like that's the best way for him to serve the president-elect," Carson's business manager Armstrong Williams articulated to Reuters this week. However, even though Ben Carson doesn't want a job in Trump's White House, he'll still remain involved in Trump's politics — though it's unclear exactly in what capacity.
"His life has not prepared him to be a Cabinet secretary," Williams explained — an odd defense of the retired neurosurgeon who once sought the GOP's nomination for president. "The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency." Carson told The Washington Post: "I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area." Admittedly, Carson would reconsider only "if it came to a point where [Trump] absolutely needs [Carson]." Speaking frankly, Carson stated:
Trump has praised Carson in the past, calling him "brilliant physician" and hoping that he "[would] be very much involved with [his] administration." Carson was not offered any particular position by Trump, The Hill reports, though it was speculated that he'd be involved in initiatives to repeal Obamacare. Positions as secretary of education or secretary of health and human services were floated as potential options. Still, Carson rejected Trump's suggestions, saying: "Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly."
Many are commenting on the irony of the situation. Whereas Carson felt qualified to run for Commander in Chief, actually working in the White House, "as a federal bureaucrat," feels against his nature:
On Carson's Facebook timeline, he addressed the decision in another statement, essentially echoing what newspapers have reported but refuting the idea that it has to do with "the complexity of the job":
It's unclear what Carson's vague, advisory role will do in the context of the Trump administration, but he plans on staying involved somehow. Though Trump once tweeted: ".@CarlyFiorina, Ben Carson said in his own book that he has a pathological temper & pathological disease. I didn’t say it, he did. Apology?" it seems that Trump would now rather have Carson in his corner — or his Cabinet —than not.