Ben Carson recounted the “horrible dilemma” he regularly faced as a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University.
The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and famed former neurosurgeon told Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the difficult incidents in which he successfully performed life-saving surgeries for many of the children served by the Baltimore-based hospital only to have to send them back to their “infested” homes.
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Amid the backdrop of the ongoing feud between President Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings over the deplorable conditions in his Maryland district, Carson backed up the president’s criticisms of the “rat and rodent infested mess” in the city of Baltimore which has been under Democrat control for decades.
“As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I spent many hours, sometimes operating all night long, trying to give the children of Baltimore and other places around the world a second chance at life, and usually we were successful,” Carson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday.
“But a few days later, I was in a horrible dilemma, because some of those kids had to go back into homes in East Baltimore that were infested with rats, and roaches, and ticks, and mold, and lead, and violence. And I didn’t want to send them back. Sometimes I would even consider extra tests so they could stay in the hospital an extra day or two,” the longtime Baltimore resident admitted.
He noted that he was able to work with Cummings during his time at the hospital.
“I don’t think Elijah Cummings a bad person I think he is actually working hard to try to help people,” Carson said, adding, “I certainly don’t think President Trump is a bad person.”
“He’s working very hard —in fact, I asked him today, would you be willing to work with Elijah Cummings to bring some relief to the people of Baltimore? He said he would be happy to,” Carson said.
He praised Trump for efforts to help the manufacturing sector, his push for prison reform as well as the drop in the unemployment rate. He pushed back against the attacks on the president as a racist for his comments to Cummings about Baltimore as well as to other lawmakers.
“All of these things are happening,” Carson said. “These are not things that a person who is a racist would do. And we allow ourselves to be distracted by these things.”
Trump ignited the feud when he fired back at Cummings for his vocal attacks on the administration and immigration officials while ignoring the failures in his own Maryland district.
“Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA,” Trump tweeted after the Democrat compared migrant detention center facility conditions to “government-sponsored child abuse.”
The left quickly pounced on the president’s factual observations on Baltimore as another example of his racism. CNN host Victor Blackwell actually cried on the air, pointing to a “pattern” in Trump’s criticisms of lawmakers who aren’t focused on doing their jobs.
“I think what President Trump was trying to say is that rather than spending your time talking about our great border agents and investigating endlessly things that you can’t find anything on,” Carson continued, “why not spend some time working more for these people who are suffering and that he is willing to work with them? I think that’s what we should be asking for.”