Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday ordered his agency to cancel an order for a $31,000 dining room set for his personal office.

Mr. Carson seems to think he’s living in high cotton. $31,000 for a dining room set, that’s just ridiculous. 

HUD staff member Helen Foster claimed she was replaced in her role because she refused to find a way around a $5,000 limit for redecorating Carson’s office.

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“I was as surprised as anyone to find out that a $31,000 dining set had been ordered,” Carson said in a statement. “I have requested that the order be canceled. We will find another solution for the furniture replacement.”

He added that he might choose a different dining room set, but that his “preference” would be a more “reasonable” price tag.


House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced on Wednesday that his committee will probe Carson’s “excessive spending” on the redecoration of his office.