Is President Trump a racist? Newsmax TV asked Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson that question during an interview on Monday.
“You are also the only black member of the president’s cabinet and the highest administration official who happens to be black,” Newsmax’ White House correspondent John Gizzi pointed out. “Michael Cohen in his testimony last week said the president is ‘a racist.’”
“You’ve been with him, you’ve talked to him. What do you say about Cohen’s criticism?” he asked Carson.
“I think Cohen is trying to ingratiate himself to the people who hate Trump,” the HUD secretary replied. “And he figures if he says these kinds of things, that will accomplish that.”
“I’ve never seen anything that even remotely would remind me of racists, and believe me, I recognize a racist when I see them,” he concluded.
Asked if he plans to keep working for Trump if the president gets elected to a second term, Carson said, “I will certainly finish out this term. And I will always be interested in America being successful.”
“Are you not interested in a second Trump term as secretary?” Gizzi asked.
“I would be interested in returning to the private sector because I think you have just as much influence — maybe more — there,” he responded.
During the interview, Carson also talked about having to work with a bunch of Democratic mayors and governors on reviving economically distressed urban areas.
“They are rapidly coming to understand that this [my ideas] is something that will have a tremendous economic benefit for their state and for their people,” he said.
“I find it kind of fascinating that some people want to demonize anything if a wealthy person has some benefit,” he continued.
“What kind of craziness is that?”
“When you think about how this country came to be, we had people like the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers and the Fords and the Kelloggs and the Carnegies and the Mellons who invested an enormous amount of money in the infrastructure of our country — the transcontinental railroad and the factories and the textile mills and the seaports, which created the basis for the most powerful, dynamic middle class the world has ever seen, which rapidly propelled us to the top” Carson explained.
“That doesn’t happen in places where you have all this class warfare going on,” he concluded. “So this is really the last place where we should be unhappy if somebody is doing well.”
“We should be doing things that allow everybody to do well.”
Watch the interview below: