During his confirmation hearing on Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, if he can promise that "not one dollar" of federal funding will find its way into the hands of the Trump family.
"My concern is whether or not, among the billions of dollars that you'll be responsible for handing out in grants and loans, can you assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family," Warren asked.
"It will not be my intention to do anything to benefit any American, particularly," Carson responded. "It's for all Americans, everything that we do."
"Do I take that to mean that you may manage programs that will significantly benefit the president-elect?" she responded.
"You can take it to mean that I will manage things in a way that benefits the American people. That is going to be the goal," Carson said. "If there happens to be an extraordinarily good program that's working for millions of people and it turns out that someone that you're targeting is going to gain $10 from it, am I going to say 'no, the rest of you Americans can't have it?' I think logic and common sense probably would be the best way."
"This just highlights the absurdity and the danger of the president-elect's refusal to put his assets in a true blind trust," Warren replied. "He knows, the president-elect knows, what will benefit him and his family financially, but the public doesn't. Which means he can divert taxpayer money into his own pockets without anyone knowing about it."