White House priorities: Do I look fat in this sketch?

Amidst the good news regarding the halt in production of the North Dakota Access Pipeline, dozens of celebrities and political figures ranging from former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to movie star Mark Ruffalo have taken to Twitter to express their elation in hearing this news.

However, one celebrity-turned-politician has been silent in this matter. President-elect Donald Trump has instead been tweeting about his personal phone calls and a “Saturday Night Live” sketch which he called “unwatchable,” “totally biased” and “not funny” in a Sunday tweet. The Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter account replied to Trump’s criticism with, “Release your tax returns and I’ll stop.”

While this miniature Twitter fight is entertaining to say the least, it is diverting from the rare, real news that Trump was trying to publicize at the time.

In-between complaints about media coverage, Trump announced that Dr. Ben Carson is his choice for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Carson originally declined a nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, according to Carson adviser Armstrong Williams, who spoke Nov. 15 to CNN. The reason given was that he didn’t have the government experience necessary to run a federal agency.

Of course, Carson clearly didn’t think his lack of experience was a hindrance when he campaigned to become the next president of the United States.

The housing secretary manages programs that administer mortgage insurance to prospective homeowners and give rental subsidies to lower-income families. Taking into consideration the fact that Carson has a medical degree and that economic policy was considered one of his weaknesses while he was campaigning, maybe he would have been better suited in a health-related position than the HUD.

It’s a curious thing that Carson chose to accept a spot in a field which he knows even less about. But who really understands the reasoning of the man who claimed Hillary Clinton’s role model is Lucifer and the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain, anyway?

HUD was a position that many hoped would be filled by someone experienced because Trump relied on using exaggerated rhetoric that painted a fearful picture of minority communities during the end of his campaign. When he spoke of African-American communities, he would say things like, “You can’t walk out [on] the street. You buy a loaf of bread and you end up getting shot.”

Trump’s only comment on his choice was a Nov. 22 tweet that said Carson is a “talented person who loves people.”

Monday morning, Trump was back at it with less news and more grievances with news outlets, saying, “If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to ‘tweet.’ Sadly, I don’t know if that will ever happen!”

No, it certainly doesn’t seem like that will ever happen.

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