HUD Official Apologizes For Referring To Reporter April Ryan As ‘Miss Piggy’

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20:  on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) β€” 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.”

Patton was an event planner for Donald Trump and his family before his 2016 presidential campaign.

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