Trump's HUD to spend $165k on 'lounge furniture' in addition to the $31k doled out for Ben Carson's dining room
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The US Department of Housing is spending $165,000 on “lounge furniture,” which does not include a $31,000 dining set procured for Ben Carson, the Guardian reports.

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.

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."