Talking Points Memo reports:
A spokesperson for the Department of Housing and Urban Development told TPM Thursday that Secretary Ben Carson had ordered the agency to rescind an order for $31,561 worth of dining room furniture.
“At the request of the Secretary, the agency is working to rescind the order for the dining room set,” HUD spokesperson Raffi Williams told TPM in an email.
In a statement reported by CNN, Carson said that after trying unsuccessfully to fix his office’s aging dining room furniture, he was told it “was beyond repair and needed to be replaced.”
Carson had earlier claimed the he didn’t find the purchase excessive and wouldn’t return the items. Earlier this week a HUD official claimed she had been demoted for refusing to break federal law by exceeding the limits for Carson’s new office furniture.
Dear @SecretaryCarson: I’ve never seen a $31,000 dining table before. Can you let me know when it arrives in your office? I would like to come touch it. Perhaps I can also shake your hand before you resign. https://t.co/FINSl0pkKt
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 1, 2018