TJ Ducklo, a White House press aide, resigned Saturday after dealing with backlash for threatening a Politico reporter.
Ducklo introduced his resignation in an announcement, through which he expressed “disgust for my behavior.” The White House mentioned it had accepted Ducklo’s resignation.
The press aide admitted to utilizing “abhorrent, disrespectful and unacceptable” language in conversations with Politico’s Tara Palmeri, who had been engaged on a narrative exploring potential moral considerations arising from Ducklo’s relationship with Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond.
Ducklo reportedly tried to cease Palmeri from publishing her story by threatening her and utilizing disparaging language.
“I will destroy you,” he informed Palmeri, according to Vanity Fair. He additionally reportedly accused Palmeri of being “jealous” of his relationship with McCammond and envious as a result of one other man had beforehand “wanted to fuck” McCammond “and not you.”
When information broke of Ducklo’s threats, the White House placed him on a one-week suspension with out pay ― however individuals instantly requested why he hadn’t been fired.
President Joe Biden mentioned final month that anybody who handled colleagues with disrespect or talked “down to someone” can be fired “on the spot.”
In her assertion confirming Ducklo’s resignation, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the Biden administration remained dedicated “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.”
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