A senior Trump administration housing official on Wednesday called White House reporter April Ryan “Miss Piggy” in a now-deleted tweet.
Lynne Patton, the head of Region II for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, tweeted “I hear #MissPiggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must have struck a nerve!” following Ryan’s most recent appearance on CNN.
Patton and Ryan sparred on Twitter in a number of exchanges flagged by the New York Daily News. At one point Patton called Ryan, who is a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, “#BankruptBlogger.”
“Kick rocks little girl. Find a job!” Ryan fired back. “I ain’t the one! Girl bye. Blogger girl I do news. What do you do? Do you work at HUD or play at it you washed up wedding planner. Girl bye!”
Ryan had complained about death threats she received online after her CNN appearance, which Patton dismissed as par for the course for people like her, a Trump supporter.
Patton has since apologized for the language she used to describe Ryan.
Before joining the Trump administration last year, Patton worked in an administrative role for the Trump Organization and the Eric Trump Foundation. She also planned Eric Trump’s wedding.