White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo has been suspended for one week without pay after a report threatening a reporter for it Politico.
Ducklo will also not be assigned to work with Politico’s reporting team.
Friday, Vanity Fair She mentioned that Ducklo had a verbal confrontation with PoliticoTara Palmery, who was working on a story about his relationship with a Saleh reporter AxiosAlexey Macamund. A male Politico reporter called Ducklo, while Palmeri called Macamund. But Ducklo called on Palmeri to object to the piece.
Ducklo told her “I’ll destroy you” if the story gets published Vanity Fair. He was also reported to have made “insulting and anti-women comments”.
White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki pledges, in her debut, to bring “truth and transparency back into the briefing room.”
White House press secretary Jane Sackey told reporters on Friday that Daclo “apologized to the reporter shortly after making the comments.”
“He had a heated conversation about a story related to his personal life,” Psaki said. I am not saying this is acceptable, but I just want to make it clear that it is not related to an issue related to the White House or White House policy or anything like that. He is the first to acknowledge that this is not the standard of conduct the president has set, nor is it the standard of conduct that has set it, and I am the direct supervisor of it. ”She said Kate Bedingfield, White House Communications Director, also contacted the editor of Politico Playbook“ to convey our apologies and make it clear that this will not happen Once again, this will not be tolerated in the White House. “
Psaki was also asked whether this was less than President Joe Biden told employees on the day of the inauguration, that he would fire them “immediately” if “you worked with me at any time and heard that you were treating another colleague with disrespect.”
Psaki said Ducklo’s comment was “in our view an important step in sending a message that we do not find it acceptable”.
Psaki said the decision to suspend Ducklo was made with the approval of Chief of Staff Ron Klein, but Biden was not involved.
Ducklo served as press secretary during Biden’s presidential campaign, and previously held public relations positions at NBC News and the Motion Picture Association.
People magazine published a story about Ducklo’s relationship with McCammond. It covered Biden’s presidential campaign and reassignment in a new song covering progressive leaders and Vice President Kamala Harris.