Ben Carson Defends Donald Trump’s Comments on Abortion

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson formally endorsed Donald Trump's presidential bid at a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, March 11, 2016.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson formally endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid at a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Ben Carson excused Donald Trump’s comment that women who undergo abortions should face “some form of punishment” — and his subsequent reversal — saying Trump hadn’t had time to think the issue through.

“Bear in mind, I don’t believe that he was warned that that question was coming, and I don’t think he really had a chance to really think about it,” Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential contender, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.

“That happens very frequently, and you know, what you develop with experience is how to answer that in a way that is not definitive,” Carson said. “You know how politicians are. He has not really learned that — he’s not a politician.”

Trump’s comment came in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. He then backtracked in a statement released hours later, saying that only those who perform abortions should be punished.

Carson, who has endorsed Trump, said that after that interview, Trump had time to huddle with his advisers and “come up with a more rational and informed type of answer.”

For his part, Carson said he agreed with Trump’s second position, that abortion providers, not women who undergo the procedure, should face penalties if abortion is outlawed one day.

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SOURCE: CNN, Eric Bradner