Trump HUD official apologizes for tweet mocking journalist
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A top official in President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE’s Department of Housing and Urban Development apologized Wednesday after mocking journalist April Ryan in a tweet.

In the since-deleted tweet, Lynne Patton, who heads the HUD region that encompasses New York and New Jersey, referred to Ryan as “Miss Piggy” and labeled her a “bankrupt blogger.”

Patton later deleted the tweet, saying it was “beneath me” and apologizing to Ryan both from her personal and HUD twitter accounts

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“I deleted my last tweet by choice.  No one from this Administration contacted me.  It was beneath me & I apologize to @AprilDRyan,” Patton wrote. “My parents raised me to respect others & I regret my response. I apologize to them, @SecretaryCarson & the Trump family. They deserved better.” 

Patton posted the original tweet from her personal account after a series of other tweets slamming Ryan. 

Ryan, who works as the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, replied to Patton’s original tweets, telling Patton to “kick rocks.”

Patton was appointed to her role at HUD last June after previously serving as a longtime event planner for the Trump family. She was also a  vice president at the Eric TrumpEric TrumpFlorida city bans gambling amid prospects of Trump-owned casino Lara Trump on Senate bid: 'No for now, not no forever' Lara Trump disputes report that father-in-law is discussing reinstalment MORE Foundation from 2011 through January 2017.