WATCH: Ben Carson to Step Down from Trump Administration After End of First Term, Says He Has ‘Never Seen Anything’ That Suggests President is Racist

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson announced Monday his plans to step down from the administration and said he has witnessed nothing to suggest that the president is racist.

Speaking with Newsmax’s John Gizzi Monday, Carson said, “I will certainly finish out this term, and I will always be interested in America being successful,” when asked how long he plans on remaining on the job.

Asked directly if he was interested in serving a second term with the president, Carson said, “I would be interested in returning to the private sector, because I think you have just as much influence, maybe more, there.”

Carson, who was also asked about his relationship with Trump and how often he speaks with the president, said he spoke with him as often as he needed to.

“It depends on what’s going on … basically, every time I need him, he’s very available,” he said.

When asked about recent testimony on the Hill made by the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, branding the president as a racist, Carson said he had not witnessed anything remotely racist about Trump.

“I think Cohen is trying to ingratiate himself to the people who hate Trump, and he figured if he says these kinds of things, that will accomplish that,” Carson said.

“I’ve never seen anything even remotely [from Trump] that would remind me of racist. And believe me, I recognize a racist when I see them,” he added.

HUD, which was established in 1965, provides mortgage insurance, public and Section 8 housing, and block grants. It also assists with recovery plans for natural disasters. Data provided by the agency, shows HUD has insured more than 30 million single family homes and provides affordable housing to more than 4.3 million low-income families.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair