Pricey dining set ordered for Carson's HUD office is canceled, White House says

The White House said Thursday that a pricey purchase order for a lavish dining room set for the office of Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson had been cancelled, after the reported price tag — more than $31,000 — sparked intense backlash.

"The order you referenced was cancelled," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing in response to a question about the reported cost of the set. She added that Carson is now "looking for another option that’s much more responsible with tax payer dollars."

Sanders' statement comes days after reports emerged that the cabinet agency, tasked with overseeing and enforcing public and fair housing laws, had splashed out large sums on the dining room set and other pieces of furniture for the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

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