The department is purchasing the furniture from an Indiana-based furniture seller, despite a proposed HUD budget cut of $6.8 billion.
Housing spokesman Raffi Williams had denied the department spent $31,000 on a dining table for Carson.
“When it comes to the secretary’s office, the only money HUD spent was $3,200 to put up new blinds in his office and the deputy secretary’s office,” Williams had told the Guardian.
Here’s HUD spokesman @Raffiwilliams falsely telling me on Friday that a new dining table had not been bought for Ben Carson’s office. He just admitted to NYT that it was: https://t.co/zO8XSZtdG7 pic.twitter.com/nIaMAiOuZu
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) February 27, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
The New York Times on Tuesday refuted Williams’ claim, revealing the department spent $31,561 to furnish the dining room in Carson’s office.
Williams said Carson would not be returning the dining room set, though he told the Times, “In general, the secretary does want to be as fiscally prudent as possible with the taxpayers’ money.”