BY WALTER OPINDE
On 21st February 2017, Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump visited the African-American History and Culture Museum- a National Museum, for the first time. In his company was the Housing and Urban Development nominee, Dr. Ben Carson, alongside his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
This historic museum had opened in September 2016, and after its first 5 months from opening, Tuesday 21st February marked the second visit from the White House, or rather, by a member of the First Family in the Trump’s administration. The toured came as a timed or coincidental visit with the Black History Month. The president had earlier on marked the beginning of the month by hosting a listening session with the African-American leaders, as described by the White House.
Trump confirmed his pleasure and love for the museum during his visit as he said that the museum was honestly fantastic. Referring from Spotswood- a runaway slave who escaped to go and join the Union Army during Civil War, Trump commented that everyone, including his administration, had a duty to ensure the protection of universal freedom for every race in the U.S. He further asserted his belief that African-Americans always looked up to the U.S. as the promised land of universal human rights and freedom.
More intriguing, the president praised a prominent African-American neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, citing that he was overwhelmed and proud of his Cabinet nominee. Benjamin Solomon Carson is a prominent African-American author, politician, and neurosurgeon, who is currently serving as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Trump’s Administration. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Yale University, and later from the University of Michigan Medical School. Since then, Ben Carson has authored several books on his political stances and medical career.
Until his retirement in 2013, Benjamin Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, at John’s Hopkins Hospital, Maryland, since 1984. As the pioneering character within the field of neurosurgery, his achievements included the performing of the first and only historically successful separation of conjoined twins, who were joined at the back-head. He also performed the first ever successful neurosurgical procedure on fetus inside the womb, and, as well, developed new methods of brain-stem tumor treatments. He received approximately more than 60 honorary doctorate/degrees and has written more than 100 neurosurgical publications. By 2008, Dr. Ben Carson was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, marking the highest civilian awards of the year in the U.S.
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