After Carson stumbles on foreign policy, one adviser opened up about the candidate’s lack of “one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East.”
In an interview on Fox News on Sunday, Carson failed to name a single Arab state he would call on to join a coalition against ISIS. That stumble came less than a week after Carson claimed (contrary to the White House) that China is involved in the Syrian conflict.
According to a bombshell of a story in the New York Times, one of his foreign policy advisers are about as disappointed as anyone. Retired CIA agent Duane Clarridge, who has been advising Ben Carson on foreign policy issues, told the New York Times the problem is that “[n]obody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East.”
Carson’s campaign fired back at the story immediately, distancing the candidate from Clarridge (whom the campaign describes as “elderly”) and calling the article “an affront to good journalistic practices.”
In response, the Times said that the paper was referred to Clarridge by “Carson’s closest adviser” Armstrong Williams, who had described him as one of Carson’s top advisers on foreign policy. In fact, the Times says that Clarridge was the only foreign policy adviser that Williams mentioned.
Williams himself was candid about Carson’s gaffes, saying when he spoke to the candidate after the Fox News interview he “could tell […] it was a bummer for him.” Armstrong has since given a completely different take on that interview. “Dr. Carson does not like answering hypotheticals,” he told Bloomberg on Tuesday, “and so he intentionally did not answer the question.”
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