- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 25, 2018

A former event planner for the Trump family who was appointed in June as a top official in President Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development has apologized for a Twitter spat with White House reporter April Ryan that resulted in her calling Ms. Ryan “Miss Piggy.”

“I deleted my last tweet by choice,” Lynne Patton wrote Wednesday night. “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.”

Her apology came after a days-long back-and-forth spat between the two women, which started when Ms. Patton reacted to Ms. Ryan’s claim that she had been on the receiving end of death threats due to her coverage of the Trump administration.

Ms. Ryan responded to Ms. Patton’s argument by calling her a “fruit loop.” Ms. Patton replied in kind by calling Ms. Ryan a “blogger” working for a “bankrupt outlet.”

Ms. Ryan continued to fire off tweets aimed at Ms. Patton until the HUD official responded in a now-deleted tweet: “I hear #MissPiggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must’ve struck a nerve, @AprilDRyan! #BankruptBlogger.”

Ms. Ryan called Ms. Patton “fake news” and accused her of spreading lies about her wealth.

Meanwhile, Armstrong Williams, a close friend of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, said Mr. Carson was “deeply disappointed” in Ms. Patton’s behavior.

“I have known @AprilDRyan for 25 years,” he wrote Thursday morning. “No one should be shamed and she has my profound apologies. I spoke with Dr. Carson and he was deeply disappointed by what occurred. He tried reaching out to April this morning, but wasn’t able to reach her. He offers his deepest apologies.”

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