The Housing and Urban Development Department has denied a report that started circulating last Thursday about a former Trump employee being chosen for a key role in the department.
On Thursday, the New York Daily News issued a report that Lynne Patton, a former employee of the Trump Organization and of the Eric Trump Foundation had been selected to head up HUD’s New York and New Jersey region.
The news had resulted in significant criticism, as Patton has no previous experience with HUD, and in that role, would be responsible for distributing billions of taxpayer dollars to public housing authorities.
HUD spokesman Jereon Brown said on Friday that the report of Patton’s hire is not true. “That’s not so, that position’s still vacant. There has not been a nomination or appointment made at this time,” he stated.
Brown did not say whether Patton was being considered for the role – which does not require Senate confirmation, saying he wasn’t part of the nomination process, but he did confirm, “The position’s vacant, there’s been no nomination or anything.”
Patton, an African American, had released a powerful video message during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign season, to counteract the accusations of racism being directed against Trump. She joined the Trump organization as an event planner in 2009, and was a vice president for the Eric Trump Foundation from 2011 until this year. Patton was also very active in Trump’s presidential campaign.
Additional criticism had erupted over an indication on Patton’s LinkedIn resume that she had a law degree from Quinnipiac University. Patton responded on Twitter that she had answered N/A to that question, because it was not applicable.
— Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) June 16, 2017
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