White House deputy press secretary resigns after harassment report

White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo has resigned after a report he was threatening a journalist for Politico.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Saturday: “We have accepted TJ Ducklo’s resignation after a discussion with him this evening. This conversation took place with the support of the White House chief of staff. We are committed to striving every day to live up to the standard set by the President by treating others with dignity and respect, with courtesy and with value to others through our words and actions.

Friday, Vanity Fair reported that Ducklo had a verbal confrontation with Politicoby Tara Palmeri, who was working on a story about her relationship with a reporter for Axios, Alexi McCammond. A Politico reporter contacted Ducklo, while Palmeri contacted McCammond. But Ducklo called Palmeri to oppose the play.

Deputy White House press secretary suspended after reporting threatening political journalist

“I will destroy you” if the story was published, Ducklo told him, according to Vanity Fair. He is also said to have “made derogatory and misogynistic comments”.

Psaki then announced that Ducklo would be suspended for a week without pay. At the daily press conference, Psaki was asked if this didn’t match what President Joe Biden told staff members on inauguration day, that he would fire them ‘on the spot’ if “you never work with me and hear that you treat another colleague with disrespect.” . “

Psaki responded that Ducklo’s suspension was “in our opinion an important step in sending the message that we do not find it acceptable.”

Ducklo was a press secretary during Biden’s presidential campaign and previously held public relations positions with NBC News and the Motion Picture Association.

People magazine published a story on Ducklo’s relationship with McCammond. She covered Biden’s presidential campaign and was reassigned at a new pace covering progressive leaders and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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