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Ben Carson: Not Offended by Trump's Opposition to Renaming Bases

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speak during a briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 21, 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 14 June 2020 10:19 AM

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said Sunday he’s not offended by President Donald Trump’s opposition to renaming military bases named after Confederate figures — “as long as he and everyone listens to other opinions.”

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the only black Cabinet member of the Trump administration, urged more across-the-board tolerance in “a diverse country” with “diverse opinions.”

“He has his opinion as well,” he said of Trump’s negative feelings about renaming military bases. “I don’t have any problem with him expressing his opinion, as long as he and everyone listens to other opinions.”

“We’re the only ones who can destroy ourselves,” he added. “We have to stop putting everything into the arena of combat… let’s see if we can find a way to work together because if we don’t, we’re doomed.”

Carson also said there's nothing wrong with Trump’s acceptance speech date at the GOP convention in Jacksonville, Fla., on Aug. 27, the 60th anniversary of “Ax Handle Saturday,” when a KKK mob attacked mostly black civil rights protesters.

“We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, of renaming everything,” he said. “We’re going to have to grow up as a society.”

But he sidestepped criticism of the president's boast that he’s the best president for black America since Abraham Lincoln.

“I will say rather than get into an argument who has done the most” the discussion should be “what has in fact been done,” noting, among other accomplishments, Opportunity Zones funding for “neglected” areas.

“So to get into an argument who’s done the most is probably not productive, but it’s good to acknowledge what has been done,” he said

Carson hailed Trump's moving his rally date in Tulsa, Okla., from June 19 to June 20 so it wouldn't be clash with Juneteenth celebration commemorating the 1865 emancipation of slaves.

“I did talk to the president about the Juneteenth event. I was pleasantly surprised how much he knew about it already, about the Black Wall Street there and the whole history of it… and why we don’t want that to ever happen in the country again,” he said. “it’s probably good to have moved it.”

And he said he’s got no problem with a big gathering while the coronavirus is still active in the state “as long as we do it conjunction with the health experts [advice]… we can do that.”

The nation has to “learn to live with [COVID-19] it rather than let it dominate us and determine how we’re going to live," Carson maintained.

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said Sunday he's not offended by President Donald Trump's opposition to renaming military bases named after Confederate figures - "as long as he and everyone listens to other opinions."...
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