Republican Ben Carson opts against job in Donald Trump's Cabinet

Dr Ben Carson (left) and Mr Donald Trump at an event at Trump Tower in New York in August 2016.
Dr Ben Carson (left) and Mr Donald Trump at an event at Trump Tower in New York in August 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate who is an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, has opted against accepting a Cabinet position in the Trump administration, his spokesman said on Tuesday (Nov 15).

Dr Carson, a popular writer and speaker in conservative circles, has been a close adviser to Mr Trump and is a vice-chairman of his transition team.

Dr Carson has been mentioned as a possible secretary of health and human services or education.

His business manager, Mr Armstrong Williams, said Dr Carson has made clear he has no experience in running a federal bureaucracy.

"Dr Carson doesn't feel like that's the best way for him to serve the President-elect," Mr Williams told Reuters.

He said Dr Carson would remain a close adviser of Mr Trump and a friend.

"His life has not prepared him to be a Cabinet secretary," Mr Williams said.