A senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development attacked veteran White House correspondent April Ryan on Twitter on Wednesday, referring to her as “Miss Piggy.”
Lynne Patton, who heads New York’s federal housing office, got into a Twitter argument with Ryan that resulted in an insulting tweet.
Patton tweeted a picture of Ryan along with the message: “I hear #MissPiggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must’ve struck a nerbe, @AprilDRyan.”
This person works for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and grossly attacked April Ryan. pic.twitter.com/fTlHljhKrw
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) January 25, 2018
After Patton deleted the tweet, she offered the following explanation: “I deleted my last tweet by choice. No one from this Administration contacted me. It was beneath me & I apologize to @AprilDRyan. My parents raised me to respect others & I regret my response. I apologize to them, @SecretaryCarson & the Trump family. They deserved better.”
Patton has previously worked as a party planner for Eric Trump and served on Trump’s presidential campaign.