Trump reportedly gives federal post to his family's 'event planner'

Angie Massey
June 17, 2017

Lynne Patton was reportedly appointed earlier this week to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in NY and New Jersey.

Patton echoed his sentiments when she defended the controversial remarks on Twitter: "Let's be clear: You can make life too comfortable for anyone - rich or poor - and when you do, it's a disservice".

Meanwhile, the federal housing department said Friday afternoon that the position has not been filled yet. As head of the biggest HUD regional office in the U.S., Patton will oversee distribution of billions in cash to public housing authorities - including NYCHA - as well as tens of thousands of rental vouchers and block grants that fund housing inspections and senior citizen programs.

In 2014, Patton planned the wedding of Eric Trump, son of Donald Trump, and was an advisor to the Trump campaign.

She does, however, have almost a decade's worth of experience working for the Trump family, first as an event planner, and most recently as a "senior advisor and family liaison" for the Trump campaign.

"This is not 'The Apprentice, '" Meng wrote. "The federal government is not your personal patronage system".

And on WNYC, Mayor de Blasio seemed taken aback by the situation when asked about Patton's appointment by host Brian Lehrer. "Like many things in the Trump universe, we're dealing with things we've never seen here before". I don't want to think about what the fourth time might be. That's good news for longtime Trump loyalist Lynne Patton, the White House's latest hire.

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On her LinkedIn bio, she claimed to have a law degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in CT, although school officials said she merely attended for two semesters and did not obtain a degree.

The Daily News also cast doubt on Patton's education credentials.

"Never heard of her before and it's surprising to say the least", he said.

She also listed Yale University on the social media profile, but HUD officials were unsure why.

She added a confused face emoji and the hashtag #neverlied.

From there, Patton went on to be named vice president of Eric's controversial charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, in 2011 to January of this year, prior to the start of the organization and Eric Trump being investigated, as Forbes notes, by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on alleged business deals that reportedly violate non-profit laws.

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