White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo resigns after report he threatened to “destroy” Politico reporter over love affair with Axios journalist

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White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo has resigned after a report said he threatened to “destroy” Politico reporter over love affair with an Axios journalist.

“We accepted the resignation of TJ Ducklo after a discussion with him this evening,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Saturday. “This conversation occurred with the support of the White House Chief of Staff. We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions.”

On Friday, the White House said he had been suspended for one week without pay over the alleged threat.

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A Vanity Fair report said Ducklo threatened Politico’s Tara Palmeri over the story, warning that he would “destroy her” if she published it. She did.

In addition, the publication said Ducklo made misogynistic comments to Palmeri, accusing her of being “jealous” about his relationship with Alexi McCammond.

CNN quoted a person familiar with the matter as confirming details of the conversation Ducklo had with Palmeri.

White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo listens as press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement and repeated at her briefing on Friday that Ducklo has apologized over the “heated conversation about his personal life.”

“He is the first to acknowledge hat this is not the standard of behavior set out by the president,” Psaki said, adding that when he returns from suspension, “He will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

Palmeri reported on Tuesday that Ducklo had been in a romantic relationship with McCammond, a reporter for Axios.

Politico quoted Axios as saying that McCammond disclosed her relationship with Ducklo in November and was “taken off the Biden beat.”

Palmeri reported that McCammond’s beat includes covering Vice President Kamala Harris and had commended positively of Biden after he was inaugurated.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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