Dr. Ben Carson, nominee for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, sought to assure a Senate committee Thursday that there was a real "nexus" between health and housing, and that makes the neurosurgeon more than qualified for the job.
He would not, however, promise to avoid the nexus between the billions of dollars HUD pours into the real estate industry and the Trump real estate empire.
"Can you assure me that not a single taxpayer dollar that you give out will financially benefit the president elect or his family?" Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, asked during the confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.
"I can assure you that the things that I do are driven by a sense of morals and values, and therefore I will absolutely not play favorites for anyone," he answered.
"Do I take that to mean that you might manage programs that might significantly benefit the president-elect?" continued Warren.
"You can take it to mean that I will manage things in a way that benefits the American people. That is going to be the goal. If there happens to be an extraordinarily good program that's working for millions of people and it turns out that someone that you're targeting is going to benefit, you know $10 from it, am I going to say no, the rest of you Americans can't have it? I think logic and common sense probably would be the best way," responded Carson.