Report: Adviser claims Carson struggling to learn foreign policy

A national security adviser to Ben Carson claims the presidential candidate continues to struggle with foreign policy, particularly concerning the Middle East.

The adviser reportedly said the candidate required weekly conference calls to "make him smart."

"Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East," said Duane Clarridge, a top adviser to Carson told the New York Times.

"We need to have a conference call once a week where his guys roll out the subjects they think will be out there, and we can make him smart," Clarridge said he told Armstrong Williams, who serves as Carson's business manager.

The Carson campaign, however, fired back at Clarridge, 82, and (more specifically) The Times, saying in a statement that the news outlet is taking "advantage of an elderly gentleman."