US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Ben Carson, his Republican rival in the primary presidential elections, to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Carson, who had previously indicated reluctance to take a position in the incoming administration because of his lack of experience in federal government, accepted Trump’s offer on Monday.
The retired pediatric neurosurgeon endorsed Trump after ending his own presidential bid in March.
Carson, 65, is the first African-American picked by Trump for a cabinet post. His position requires confirmation by the US Senate.
Carson said he was honored to accept the post. “I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need,” he said in the statement.
Democrats in Congress criticized Trump for picking Carson, calling him unqualified to take over a $48-billion agency that oversees public housing.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader…