Ben Carson Says Donald Trump Promised Him a Position in His Administration – Oops
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Ben Carson says he really would have preferred to endorse John Kasich or Marco Rubio, but he didn't think they would win the GOP nomination, and besides, Donald Trump promised him a position in his administration, so, easy choice: he endorsed Trump.
“I have to look at what is practical. I didn’t see a path for Kasich, who I like, or for Rubio, who I like. As far as Cruz is concerned, I don’t think he’s going to be able to draw independents and Democrats, unless has has some kind of miraculous change,” Carson told conservative Steve Malzberg at Newsmax. “Is there another scenario that I would have preferred? Yes. But that scenario isn’t available.”
“Okay, with one of the other candidates you mean?” Malzberg asked.
“Yes,” Carson said.
Later, Carson said, "I do believe, and certainly in my discussions with Donald Trump, he does love America and he does want to be successful. He will surround himself with very good people."
"And will one of them be Dr. Ben Carson?," Malzberg asked.
"I will be doing things as well, yes," Carson said.
"In the administration?," Malzberg asked.
"Certainly in an advisory capacity," Carson responded.
"That's been determined, when you sat down with him, that was discussed?"
"Yes," Carson answered.
"We haven't handled out all the details but it is very important that we work together in this country," Carson said.
"Is it a cabinet position sir?," Malzberg asked.
"Again, I'm not going to reveal any details about it right now because all of this is still very liquid."
Carson also said that even if "Donald Trump turns out not to be such a great president, which I don't think is the case, I think he's going to surround himself with really good people, but even if he didn't, we're only looking at four years as opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever."
ThinkProgress's Josh Israel, who first noted the legal implications, suggests Dr. Carson might possibly be in a bit of trouble.
"Federal law expressly prohibits candidates from directly or indirectly promising 'the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy.' The penalty for violations could include fines or a year in jail — two years if the violation was willful."