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Carson Dismisses Trump Criticism on Negotiation Skills

Ben Carson is firing back at Donald Trump after he accused him of lacking the negotiation skills to deal with China, Russia, and Iran.

“I don’t want to necessarily compare myself with anyone, but I can tell you that, you know, I’ve had lots of experience doing a whole host of things — negotiating with all kinds of people in order to get things accomplished,” Carson said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “And also bear in mind, there is no one person who does all the negotiation and knows everything, you know. In a multitude of counselors is safety.”

“When you go into a negotiation, the recent Iran negotiation, for instance, you have to know how to negotiate,” he said. “You have to know how to verify, how to make sure that there’s appropriate accountability. You have to be able to take down their infrastructure, you have to know what your goals are.

“If you don’t know what your goals are, you’re not going to be doing it.”

The Hill reports:

Carson pointed to the skills gained while he was director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

“I had to negotiate a number of things in order to — to create the various different divisions. And by the time we got to 2008, ‘U.S. News & World Report’ ranked us the number one pediatric neurosurgery unit in the United States.”

Carson also touted negotiations with multiple people in multiple cities while putting together The Carson Scholars Fund, a non-profit organization he founded.

“It’s now active in all 50 states. As you know, nine out of 10 non-profits fell. Not only that, has won major national awards that are only given to one philanthropic organization in the country out of tens of thousands.

“That’s not done without having the ability to negotiate.”

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