A Regional Official within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) got into a bizarre name-calling spat with a prominent member of the White House press corps.
According to a Washington Examiner report
, Lynne Patton, who heads HUD’s Region II covering New York and New Jersey, targeted April Ryan, the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Network and a CNN contributor. Using her personal Twitter account, Patton tweeted out to Ryan, “I hear #Miss Piggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must’ve struck a nerve, @AprilRyan! #BankruptBlogger.”
Patton, a former event planner for the Trump family prior to the president’s entry into national politics, deleted the comments and used both her personal and HUD Twitter accounts to express remorse.
“Tonight, I made an inexcusable comment on my personal Twitter account that I deeply regret & deleted on my own volition,” Patton said on her HUD account. “I sincerely apologize to @AprilDRyan. I also wish to apologize to my staff at @HUDNY_NJ, @SecretaryCarson & the #Trump family who deserved better leadership.”
For her part, Ryan did not appear eager to forgive and forget. Her Twitter channel still includes her insulting responses to Patton, asking “Do you work at HUD or play at it you washed up wedding planner” and “What wig company do you work for now?”