Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is sworn-in as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and former Texas Governor Rick Perry is sworn-in as energy secretary. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is sworn in as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday (March 2). And minutes later, Rick Perry was sworn in as Energy Secretary. Carson, who ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and later endorsed Trump, becomes the only African-American in the Trump Cabinet. The Senate confirmed his appointment by a vote of 58 to 41. During his confirmation hearing in January, Carson, 65, told the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs that he would monitor any potential conflicts of interest between his agency and properties controlled by Trump. He also told lawmakers he was fit to lead HUD, an agency whose mission includes helping the poor get housing, even though he has sometimes criticized its work. The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has promised to renew America's nuclear weapons arsenal. Perry's rise to America's top energy official came against opposition from Democrats worried about his ties to oil companies, his doubts about the science of climate change, and the fact that he once called for the department's total elimination - a comment he has since said he regrets. The Senate voted 62 to 37 in support of Perry. Perry, 66, was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, making him the longest-serving governor of the oil-producing state in its history.