Ben Carson rescued from a Miami elevator while Alonzo Mourning waits

Apr 13, 2017, 01:28
Ben Carson rescued from a Miami elevator while Alonzo Mourning waits

The Miami Herald reported that Mourning profusely apologized once Carson made it back to firmer ground, and Carson asked about "the key" before getting on the next elevator.

Meanwhile, NBA legend and public housing advocate Alzono Mourning waited in the lobby.

Dr. Ben Carson, the United States Housing and Urban Development secretary and famed neurosurgeon, got stuck in an elevator during a tour of a housing project in Miami on Wednesday morning. They were stuck for about 15 minutes until rescue crews opened the evaluator doors and free them.

Mourning's non-profit helped fund the $22.8 million Courtside Apartment complex, which opened in 2016, reports the Miami Herald, and he also helped form the Overtown Youth Center in 2003.

Carson said in a tweet that he had a "great meeting with Alonzo Mourning, who is doing great work with low-income housing".

After the incident, Carson toured the Collins Park Apartments in Allapattah, where he was led into another elevator. This comes less than a month after The Washington Post obtained a budget outline, which appears to show President Trump's plan to slash HUD's funding by more than $6 billion.