Ben Carson: Trump Promised Me a Job

Which might not have been entirely legal
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2016 7:00 AM CDT

Out of the race for the Republican nominee, Ben Carson is setting his sights on the future—and a future position in Donald Trump's potential administration. In an interview with Newsmax TV on Monday, Carson said Trump had promised him some kind of role "certainly in an advisory capacity," per USA Today. He wouldn't specify if that meant a Cabinet position, noting "all of this is still very liquid" and "we haven't hammered out all the details, but it is very important we work together to save this country."

Carson added that he would have preferred to endorse another candidate, but he "didn't see a path" to victory, per ThinkProgress. Trump will "surround himself with very good people" and "I will be doing things as well, yes," he added. Since buying a former candidate's endorsement with the promise of an appointment is illegal, Carson clarified on Tuesday that his decision to endorse Trump was "principled and not selfish." A rep for Trump tells CNN that "no role had been promised or even discussed," at least as of Friday. (More Election 2016 stories.)

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