Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson doesn’t expect to have an official role in the Trump administration, according to an article published Tuesday by the news website Circa.

Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager, reportedly told Circa that Trump had offered Carson any position that he wanted, but ultimately the former candidate declined an official position, noting that he didn’t have a background that had prepared him to run a federal agency.

Carson, who dropped out of the Republican race in March, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that he would want to serve in an advisory role to Trump, but doesn’t want a cabinet position. He had been floated as a possible candidate for both secretary of Health and Human Services and secretary of Education.

“The way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside,” Carson told the Washington Post. “I want to have the freedom to work on many issues and not be pigeonholed into one particular area.”

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