Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

‘Oreo?’: US HUD Head Mistakes Real Estate Term for Cookie During Questioning

‘Oreo?’: US HUD Head Mistakes Real Estate Term for Cookie During Questioning

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was stumped during his Tuesday testimony before the House Financial Services Committee when asked by Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., about foreclosure rates for real-estate owned, or REO, properties.

Carson didn't come across as a smart cookie again later when he stumbled while being questioned by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), who asked him if he was familiar with "OMWI".

He accidentally mixed Oreo cookies up with REO, a common real estate term. "Do you know what an REO is?" asked the freshman congresswoman.

Carson responded, "There is no question that its an important part". "R-E-O", Porter said, to which Carson then offered, "real estate?"

Carson's "stammering would be amusing if it weren't so scary", Porter said in a later statement to Huffington Post after the hearing.

"If in fact you want to explain to the American citizens who have been on the wait list for several years in your district in NY why we should continue to support families that are not here legally, I would be happy to join you in helping explain that to them".

'OH, REO! Thanks, @RepKatiePorter, ' he tweeted.

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It was not his only stumble yesterday, with Carson appearing alternately clueless and contentious throughout the hearing.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson pushed back against a bevy of criticism from Democratic lawmakers over a White House proposal that would exclude all illegal immigrants from public housing.

HUD's annual report to Congress from fiscal 2018 shows that almost 32 per cent of the real estate the agency disposed of consisted of REO properties.

Carson initially seemed to think he was being asked about Oreos.

The hearing comes less than a week after the Government Accountability Office wrote in a letter to Congress that HUD broke the law when it spent about $40,000 in 2017 for a new dining set and dishwasher for Carson's office. 'Enjoying a few post-hearing snacks. "I was coming with a series of serious questions and I was hoping to get serious answers".

Porter later tweeted about her conversation with Carson.

He replied, "It would be very nice if you would stop acting-" but did not answer before Pressley's time expired. And with REOs. I have read extensively about them.

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