WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign surrogate who now holds a job in the administration is apologizing after attacking a reporter on her personal Twitter account.
Lynne Patton, who heads a regional office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, referred to reporter April Ryan as “Miss Piggy” in a tweet Wednesday. Ryan is the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and frequently appears on CNN.
Patton later tweeted, “Tonight, I made an inexcusable comment on my personal Twitter account that I deeply regret & deleted on my own volition.” Patton is apologizing to Ryan, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and the “#trump family.”
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. pic.twitter.com/MOWkRhOLnN
— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) January 25, 2018
Patton was an event planner for Donald Trump and his family before his 2016 presidential campaign.