Ben Carson Claimed He Was ‘Shocked’ by $31,000 Dining Set, Emails Show He Approved Set, Carson Defends Self With Bible Verses

Secretary Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson claimed that he was “shocked” that HUD had purchased a $31,000 dining set for his office, but newly-released emails show that Carson and his wife chose the dining set themselves.

Carson issued a statement on March 1, noted CNN:

I was as surprised as anyone to find out that a $31,000 dining set had been ordered. I have requested that the order be canceled. We will find another solution for the furniture replacement.

HUD spokesman Raffi Williams stated: “Mrs. Carson and the secretary had no awareness that the table was being purchased.” 

An unidentified HUD spokesman told CNN:

The secretary did not order a new table. The table was ordered by the career staffers in charge of the building…

New tables, chairs, in that room whatsoever — zero awareness of this purchase being made. Neither one of them knew this purchase was being made.

The secretary knew that the table and chairs were old because somebody fell out of a chair once. That’s literally it. So they had nothing to do with the purchase, nothing to do with anything around that.

However, an August 2017 email sent by a HUD staffer to Carson’s assistant had the subject line “Secretary’s dining room set needed,” and referred to “printouts of the furniture the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out.” 

HUD’s scheduling office sent Mrs. Carson an email in August 2016:

Hi Mrs. Carson! There is a designer who will be in town next week on the 15th-17th to look at possibly redecorating the Secretary’s office and bringing in new furniture. Are you available on any of those dates and would you like to come in and have input on the redecorating?

After being caught in a blatant lie, HUD spokesman Raffi Williams recently told CNN: “When presented with options by professional staff, Mrs. Carson participated in the selection of specific styles.”

Carson, a self-identified Christian, recently defended himself with tweets and Bible verses:

In May 2017, Carson told The New York Times that compassion does not mean giving poor people “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me.'”

(Sources: CNN, CNN, Real Ben Carson/Twitter, Real Ben Carson/Twitter, The New York Times, Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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