Trump President-elect names Carson as housing secretary

Carson had hinted late last month that he was in line for the job of helping turning around America's troubled inner cities.

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Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who in 1987 performed the first successful separation of twins conjoined at the head play

Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who in 1987 performed the first successful separation of twins conjoined at the head

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US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday nominated Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who challenged him for the Republican nomination, to be secretary of housing and urban development.

"Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities," Trump said in a statement.

"We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities."

Carson is the first African-American nominated to Trump's team.

Carson had hinted late last month that he was in line for the job of helping turning around America's troubled inner cities.

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