Trump administration official Lynne Patton defended her presence at Michael Cohen's public hearing before House Oversight Committee on Wednesday after a Democratic lawmaker called her a "prop."

Patton, an African-American woman who serves as a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official, was introduced during the hearing by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to counter Cohen's claim that President Trump is a racist.

“She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist,” Meadows told Cohen.

Later on in the hearing, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) accused Meadows of using a black woman as a "prop," which she said was "racist in itself." She later apologized for insinuating Meadows was a racist, but insisted that he committed a "racist act."

Patton took to Instagram several hours after the hearing to defend herself, touting her experience working for the Trump family, speaking at the Republican National Convention and now leading the largest HUD office in the country.

“That is not the resume of a prop. It is, however, the resume of someone who remains completely unfazed by the criticism of others and laser focused," Patton wrote.



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On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Patton said she knows Trump well and he's only concerned about success or failure, not an individual's race, creed or religion.

"That's what makes people uncomfortable. He doesn't care what people think, and he's going to tell it like it is," Patton said, adding that Trump has been "empowering women and minorities for years."

She said she attended the hearing to support the president and stand up to Cohen, who she blasted as a "liar."

As for Tlaib's apology, Patton noted that Tlaib said she was sorry to Meadows, but not her.

"What I'd like to ask the congresswoman from Michigan is, why does she take the word of a self-confessed perjurer and criminally convicted white man over a black female who's highly educated, rose up through the ranks of one of the most competitive companies in real estate, spoke before 25 million people at the Republican National Convention and now works in one of the most historic administrations in history?" Patton said. 

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.



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