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White House deputy press secretary suspended after report – Deadline

White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo suspended for a week without pay after report threatening journalist Politico.

Ducklo will also no longer be assigned to the Politico reporting team.

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.

“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”.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Ducklo “apologized to the reporter shortly after the comments.”

“He had a heated conversation about a story related to his personal life,” Psaki said. “I’m not saying it’s okay, but I just want to be clear that this was not a problem with White House policy or the White House or anything like that. . He is the first to recognize that this is not the standard of behavior set by the President, nor the standard of behavior I set, and I am his direct supervisor. She said Kate Bedingfield, the director of communications for the White House, had also contacted the publisher of the Politico Playbook to “apologize and be clear that this will not happen again, and that it will not be tolerated at the White House”.

Psaki was also 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 ever work with me. and I hear that you are treating another colleague with disrespect ”.

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

Psaki said the decision to suspend Ducklo was made by her with the approval of Chief of Staff Ron Klain, but Biden was not involved.

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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