Trump HUD official: 'I don't care if I'm not supposed to be tweeting during the shutdown'

Lynne Patton, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official in charge of the region encompassing New York and New Jersey, appeared to violate federal rules on Tuesday by issuing a message from her official Twitter account demanding action from New York's housing authority.

In the tweet, Patton acknowledges that her message violates federal shutdown protocols but adds that she doesn't care, demanding the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) act to restore heat and hot water to more than 10,000 residents who spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day without the utilities. 

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Patton's tweet followed a report from the New York Post in which residents complained of having to boil water on the stove just to avoid freezing in icy winter temperatures.

“No heat, no hot water! It’s cold in here! We got the stove going all day and still freezing! It’s so cold in here. It’s terrible!” one city resident told the paper.

In a statement to The Hill, a HUD spokesman reiterated the agency's warning that Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD drafting rule to require carbon monoxide detectors in public housing Treasury offers new guidance on opportunity zones HUD chief Carson leaves Dem lawmaker exasperated with answer on LGBT protections MORE would step in with federal oversight if the city's housing issues do not improve.

"HUD has been having ongoing conversations with the Mayor and his team about the City’s plan for the housing authority," the HUD spokesman said.

"Last week, the City submitted its proposal to HUD and SDNY, which we are evaluating. As previously stated, Secretary Carson is prepared to declare an event of substantial default if the City’s plan does not meet the key principles HUD has outlined for addressing the serious health and safety hazards in the housing authority’s properties," the spokesman added.

Patton, who was scheduled to take over leadership of the HUD region this month, was prevented from starting the position due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

“Today I was slated to move into @NYCHA. Due to the shutdown, I cannot until it is lifted,” Patton tweeted on Jan. 7.

The shutdown reached its 32nd day on Tuesday, as Democrats and Republicans have been unable to reach a deal to fund the government that also meets the White House's demand for more than $5 billion in funding for construction of a border wall.

—Updated at 5:24 p.m.