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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Morale in the Administration

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HH: Let me close by asking you about President Trump. Obviously, he’s a builder. He’s a developer. He ought to be concerned about the housing shortage, and he probably has a skill set to advance that. How often do you talk to him, meet with him and talk about housing shortages in hyper-hot markets, if at all?
BC: Occasionally, but honestly, he’s got his hands full with a lot of international things right now. And you know, whenever I have an issue, I talk to him about it. He does have a lot of knowledge in this area. It’s pretty amazing, quite frankly. He knows all of these codes and all the things. It’s pretty amazing.

HH: And so what do you make of the state of the Trump administration, of which you are a part, given the scandals, the controversies, the back and forth, the Donald Trump Jr. meeting? How do you feel six month in, the administration overall, is doing?

BC: Well, you know, I think, you know, progress is being made. I can tell you that any administration that would come in with this kind of criticism and scrutiny would look bad. There’s no question about it. And I think that’s part of the goal of some who are out there. But it doesn’t matter, because in a way, the fact that all of this attention is being focused on the President, it gives the rest of us an opportunity to get things done without all the criticism. So that’s…

HH: Are you feeling energized? Do you have the same energy as when you arrived? Or has the Washington swamp slowed you down and left you, you know, knee deep in mud and muck?

BC: The more of the swamp, and the more of the swamp creatures I see, the more energized I become, because you recognize that we have a responsibility to the people. Would I rather be retired and enjoying life? Probably, but at the same time, when I look back at the fathers of our country and some of the people who have sacrificed so much so that we could have what we have today, there’s not too much that any of us can give.

HH: Dr. Ben Carson, always a pleasure. I hope I see you over on MSNBC some Saturday morning soon. We’ll talk about adults with developmental disabilities and their housing needs, and many other things. Have a great week ahead, Dr. I appreciate you taking time to talk to me.

BC: Thank you. Take care.

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