Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has expressed his disdain for a $31,000 charge for a dining set that CNN adviser Armstrong Williams made known to the public.
“I was as surprised as anyone to find out that a $31,000 dining set had been ordered,” Carson said in the statement. “I have requested that the order be canceled. We will find another solution for the furniture replacement.”
The not so popular HUD secretary expressed that his wife Candy Carson Carson inquired about used furniture options and was completely open to other choices.
“I made it known that I was not happy about the prices being charged and that my preference would be to find something more reasonable,” he added.
The $31,000 dining set includes a table, sideboard, breakfront — all in mahogany — and 10 mahogany chairs with a blue velvet finish, according to the company that sold the furniture to the agency and purchase documents obtained by CNN.
This goes back to a long history of government agencies spending money frivolously.