Ben Carson‘s luggage is way more important than an interview. CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond learned this fact on live television. Friday afternoon, Diamond met with Dr. Carson as he was touring his childhood neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan with Donald Trump.
Mr. Trump was in Detroit as part of his African-American outreach. The business mogul visited a black church and sat down for a scripted interview with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson. The two Republicans participated in a service at the Great Faith International Ministries where Trump was filmed dancing and clapping to the music with his eyes closed.
Trump gave a brief speech in front of the congregation, and he said:
“For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of this country. So true.”
“The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America and its people.”
Trump said if elected president he will bring back jobs to black neighborhoods. The CNN interview began in a very normal way, the reporter asked Mr. Carson, why he did he bring Trump to his old home?
Dr. Carson answered by saying that the area was thriving once upon a time, and he would love for it to bounce back. Carson said:
“I just wanted him to see what it was like, what the neighborhood was like. We also went through some of the more blighted areas of Detroit. When I was growing up it was a very prosperous city, it was once the most prosperous city in America and has unfortunately undergone some pretty awful things.”
He also explained:
“In order for our country to be great again, every aspect has to be great, including our inner cities.”
The retired neurosurgeon was about to share his thoughts on how Trump would revive Detroit when he stopped. His face looked stunned, and he said “oh, my luggage!’ hold on,” and ran away from the camera.
Diamond, who was about to ask Carson about what Trump learned during the trip, looked baffled by what had just occurred. It is not known why the former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital did not wait until the end of the segment to search for his missing luggage.
As Diamond continued his piece, Carson could be seen in the background looking around and talking to other people about his precious suitcase. The former Republican presidential contestant eventually returned but declined to speak about the luggage and his surprising behavior.
The billionaire visited Carson’s bungalow-style childhood home, and spoke with the owner, Felicia Reese. The real estate mogul told Reese, who purchased the place in 1992:
“Since Carson grew up there, the location is famous. This house is worth a lot of money.”
Back in January, CNN landed in hot water after it reported prematurely that Dr. Carson was ending his presidential campaign. The new politician had announced that he was leaving the trail to fly home for “fresh clothes.”