Housing Secretary Ben Carson sparked outrage by saying poverty is a 'state of mind.'
The former neurosurgeon made the controversial remarks during a radio interview on Wednesday,
The ex-Presidential candidate also said parents need to instill the 'mindset of a winner' in their children.
'If you take somebody with the wrong mindset,' Carson said, 'you can give them everything in the world and they'll work their way back down to the bottom.'
He made the remarks in an interview with Armstrong Williams on SiriusXM.
Carson, who grew up poor in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education, says if people don't have a defeatist attitude, then there's hope.
'I think the majority of people don't have that defeatist attitude, but they sometimes just don't see the way, and that's where government can come in and be very helpful,' he said.