Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement that he had requested the cancellation of a $31,000 furniture order, CNN reported.
"I was as surprised as anyone to find out that a $31,000 dining set had been ordered… I have requested that the order be canceled. We will find another solution for the furniture replacement," according to a statement provided to CNN by Carson adviser Armstrong Williams.
"I made it known that I was not happy about the prices being charged and that my preference would be to find something more reasonable," Carson said in the statement.
The $31,000 dining set included a mahogany table, sideboard, breakfront, and 10 mahogany chairs with blue velvet finish, CNN reported.
Evelyn Sebree, owner of interior design firm Sebree and Associates, had sold the set to HUD, CNN reported.
"They said they were looking for dining furniture for the secretary's office because a new secretary was coming in and the current furniture was old and it was raggedy," Sebree told CNN.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on Wednesday sent a letter to Carson about the furniture issue as well as a complaint filed with the Office of Special Counsel, a federal whistleblower agency.
HUD employee Helen Foster said she was removed from her position because she refused to find a way around spending limits to redecorate Carson's office.
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