Housing and Urban Improvement Secretary Ben Carson needs individuals to know he’s not inept at his chosen form of employment ― he’s only somewhat hard of hearing.
In a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox Business, the Trump nominee looked to recast his wretched presentation at a congressional hearing the earlier day, where he’d more than once attempted to disclose essential ideas key to the work he administers at HUD.
Addressing the officially notorious association with Rep. Katie Watchman (D-Calif.), Carson disclosed to Fox that he’s “commonplace” with the terms she utilized, yet that he “was experiencing issues hearing her.”
Carson’s reason doesn’t follow. Video of the conference indicates him proceeding to banter with Doorman even as he more than once draws spaces all through her doubting and requests that her clarify how things he’s accountable for function.
At one point, Watchman asks Carson what a REO is. Obviously going clear on the appropriate response, he attempts to hilariously recast it as an “Oreo.” (REO means “land claimed” ― a term used to portray property that doesn’t sell at foreclosure.)
Carson disclosed to Fox he had no such slip by. “I know about abandoned properties and REOs,” he said. “I’ve perused widely about them, thought about them even as a teenager.”
In a meeting with MSNBC Wednesday evening, Watchman appeared to be a long way from reassured.
“I’m sorry, however deferentially, I was clear in my words,” the congresswoman said. “I was utilizing the term REO and when he couldn’t hear me, or I thought he was mishearing me, I went to considerable lengths to pleasantly address him — to explain the abbreviation R-E-O.”
“I asked him by then ― to make sure we were in agreement with the goal that we could have a profitable discussion ― on the off chance that he recognized what a REO was and he gave the erroneous answer,” she said.