>> President-Elect Donald Trump Monday nominating retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to serve as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, sparking immediate backlash in Washington. His selection is an unorthodox pick. Reuters correspondent Andy Sullivan.>> Up to now, the people Trump has picked to fill out his cabinets have tended to be conservative loyalists or billionaire supporters that has sort of been largely within the traditional Republican realm.
Ben Carson is definitely the most unusual choice he's made so far, and it'll be interesting to see if he gets confirmed how somebody with no experience running a huge bureaucracy manages to handle HUD.>> Carson, who grew up in public housing, has had strong views on the Obama administration's efforts to lower poverty in inner city neighborhoods.
>> Carson hasn't really weighed in on housing policy in general. He has said that he is skeptical of government assistance programs. He said that, when he was a poor kid growing up in inner city Detroit, he was humiliated by accepting food stamps. He said broadly that government assistance programs create dependency among poor people and they should be phased out.
>> House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, reacting to the nomination with a scathing statement Monday, calling Carson quote, a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice.>> Carson's made a lot of unusual statements that could come back to haunt him. When he was running for President, he said that Muslims shouldn't be qualified to be President.
He said that the Ancient Egyptian pyramids were used for grain storage, not to bury kings. He's questioned the science behind evolution.>> Although Carson was an early endorser of Trump's, he endured some harsh words from the President-elect during the primaries with Trump saying Carson had a pathological temper that was incurable like child molesting.
In March, Carson said he would have preferred a different Republican presidential nominee, but that if Trump fails as president, we are, quote, only looking at four years of him in office.