The mere mention of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s name sent “The View” studio audience into hysterics, and the hosts proceeded to bash him through the segment.
Host Whoopi Goldberg pointed out the show, which was recently “the most important political TV show in America” by the New York Times, aired around the world, and she recalled a Nigerian viewer who called co-host Joy Behar funny.
“If you think Joy is funny listen to this,” Goldberg said. “Housing Secretary Dr. Ben Carson testified before Congress yesterday and left people wondering if he actually knew what his job is.”
The audience roared with laughter, and then watched a clip of Carson repeatedly flopping under questioning before the House Oversight Committee.
“Listen, man, you know, get out of there,” Goldberg said. “Just stop. You’re a great surgeon, you’re a magnificent surgeon. I know this because Sunny (Hostin) told me, her husband — you need to get out of HUD get out of there. The housing is bad.”
Hostin, whose husband was one of Carson’s students at Johns Hopkins University, said the secretary had been welcoming and gracious when she knew him, but she said he’s got the wrong job.
“He’s just unqualified, and he appears to be not a good person in this role,” Hostin said. “He’s not the nice Ben that I know.
Co-host Meghan McCain said Carson should go back to brain surgery, where she could help patients like her father, who died from a brain tumor, because he clearly couldn’t oversee HUD.
“For me when you have this gift where you could be helping families like mine to sustain life,” McCain said, “to help brain tumors, I don’t understand when you have a gift like that why you’re doing this. I think he’s a genius doctor. I would prefer his talent going to helping brain tumors.”
McCain said the secretary made a mockery of his government service by sending Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), who tripped him up repeatedly on his job basics, a box of Oreo cookies afterward.
“It’s a reductive way to have a conversation about something that’s very serious,” she said. “That’s why it’s evoking so much emotional reaction from people. You’re making fun of lower-income housing issues by sending Oreos and tweeting it to the woman who asked the question. It reduces the conversation.”
US slaps new sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei
The United States imposed sanctions Monday on Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a string of military chiefs, tightening pressure on the country that President Donald Trump threatened with "obliteration" if it seeks war.
Trump signed the punitive financial measures against in the Oval Office, calling this a "strong and proportionate response to Iran's increasingly provocative actions."
Repeating that "never can Iran have a nuclear weapon," Trump said it was now up to Tehran to negotiate.
"We do not ask for conflict," he said, adding that depending on Iran's response the sanctions could end tomorrow -- or it "can also be years from now."
Revealed: The real reason Trump took off for presidential retreat at Camp David
President Donald Trump took a hastily organized trip to Camp David, apparently to get away from some of his advisers and family members.
Some of his aides said the trip was a much-needed break from life in the White House, and officials declined to provide a readout of the president's calls and activities, reported CNN.
No communications staffers joined Trump on the outing, which the president announced Saturday on his Twitter account.
I am at Camp David working on many things, including Iran! We have a great Economy, Tariffs have been very helpful both with respect to the huge Dollars coming IN, & on helping to make good Trade Deals. The Dow heading to BEST June in 80 years! Stock Market BEST June in 50 years!
Israel will do ‘everything’ to stop Iran going nuclear: Netanyahu
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country will do "everything" to prevent arch-rival Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, during a visit by a senior Russian security official.
"Israel will not allow Iran, which calls for our destruction, to entrench on our border; we will do everything to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said.He was speaking alongside Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Moscow's powerful security council, whose visit followed weeks of simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington in the Gulf.
Israel has carried out repeated strikes to prevent Iranian forces becoming embedded in neighbouring Syria, where both Iran and Moscow back the government of President Bashar al-Assad.