Ben Carson said Monday that he'll keep working on helping Donald Trump pick a running mate, but he doesn't want to be that person.
"This is something that is extremely undesirable to me — as is any government post, quite frankly," the retired neurosurgeon and former GOP candidate told CNN
's Chris Cuomo on the "New Day" program. "I believe that citizen statesmen can work from outside the government in a capacity where they can contribute to the well-being of the country."
Futher, he said, he has "no intention of running for office" again.
Carson also said he did not tell The Washington Post who was on the short list to be Trump's running mate
"Basically, what I was saying is I'm not going to tell you, so any name you throw out, yeah, I'm going to say, 'Sure, we'll consider that person,'" Carson told Cuomo. "It doesn't mean they're on the short list or a serious consideration."
"My involvement is to continue to work on making sure that Donald Trump's candidacy runs successfully," he said. "More importantly, that America becomes successful."
Meanwhile, Carson responded to a story in The New York Times about Trump's relationships with women
, after one of the women profiled, Rowanne Brewer Lane, told Fox News that her comments had been taken out of context, saying that he can identify with being misquoted.
"How many times have I said something and they take a portion of it and then make it into a headline when it's completely the opposite of what you're intending to say," said Carson.
"They do this purposely, that's what's so bad. I appeal to people and the press and particularly the younger journalists to reject that."
Meanwhile, Carson said he does not agree that stories from a long time ago should come into consideration now, after Cuomo asked him about a Post report that Trump portrayed himself as his own press officer in a phone call years ago.
"I mean all of us have probably done things 25 or 30 years ago that we forgotten about or that we wish we hadn't," said Carson. But at the same time, he said he would never condone lying about such past events.
"I think that's something that really pertains very strongly to Hillary Clinton and I hope you can apply that same standard to her with Benghazi," said Carson. "I mean it's very clear that that was a lie."
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