Ben Carson and Sen. Elizabeth Warren Spar on Trump Question at Confirmation Hearing

Dr. Ben Carson today declined to say directly whether he can assure Americans that the Trump family would not benefit in any way from HUD incentives if he is confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
3:30 | 01/12/17

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Transcript for Ben Carson and Sen. Elizabeth Warren Spar on Trump Question at Confirmation Hearing
Before we get into some of the questions that are raised in my letter to you earlier this week Imus want to get an answer to I think that's simple yes or no question. If you're confirmed to leave behind. You'll be responsible for issuing billions of dollars in grants and loans. To help develop housing and provide a lot of housing related services. Now housing development is an area in which president elect trump. And his family have significant business interests. Continue assured me that not a single taxpayer dollar that you give now. Will financially benefit the president elect or his family. Senator. I was worried that you wouldn't get back thank you for the combat. I'm back. The I can assure you that the things that I do. Our trip and I sense. Morals and guide us and therefore. I will absolutely. Not play favorites for anyone. Doctor Carson. Let me stop right here I'm actually trying to ask a more pointed question it's not about your good faith that's not my concern. My concern is whether or not. Among the billions of dollars you will be responsible for handing out in grants and loans. And you just a surest. That not one dollar will go to benefit. You that the president elect or Hispano. We will not be my intention to do anything I have the benefit. Any. Any American I. An industry standards for all American but everything that we could do I take that to mean you may. It managed programs. That will significantly benefit the president elect. You can pick at the Maine that I will. Manage things in a way that benefits the American people that is going to be the goal. To the best hot you understand that it if there happens to be an extraordinarily. A good program that's working for millions of people. And it turns out that that that someone that you're targeting. Is going to gain you know 10 dollars from a am I gonna say no the rescue Americans can't habit I think. Logic and common sense probably would be the best way. Although we do have a problem here I appreciate your good faith in this and I do doctor Carson. The problem is that you can't lectures. That Hud money out of ten dollar varieties but of multi million dollar varieties. Will not end up in the president elect's pockets and the reason you can't assurance of that. It's because the president elect is hiding his family's business interests from you from me from the rest of America. And this just highlights the absurdity. And the danger. Of the president elect's refusal to put his assets in a true blind trust. He knows he the president elect knows what will benefit him and his family financially but the public doesn't. Which means he can divert taxpayer money into his own pockets without anyone knowing about it.

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