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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.

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

"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.

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