White House Deputy Press Secretary resigns after threats against Politico reporter became public

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Feb 14th, 2021 10:20 am

Last Updated Feb 14th, 2021 at 8:22 pm

White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo resigned on Saturday, one day after being suspended without pay for one week for allegedly issuing threats and using derogatory language against Politico reporter Tara Palmeri.

"No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior," Ducklo said in a statement. "I used language that no women should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job. It was language that was abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable."

"I am devastated to have embarrassed and disappointed my White House colleagues and President Biden, and after a discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position and will not be returning from administrative leave."

"I know this was terrible. I know I can't take it back. But I also know I can learn from it and do better. This incident is not representative of who I am as a person, and I will be determined to earn back the trust of everyone I have let down because of my intolerable actions."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement on Ducklo's resignation on Saturday.

"We are committed to striving every day to set 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," Psaki said.

🔦 Psaki was notified three weeks ago of the allegations against Ducklo. Vanity Fair published a report detailing the situation on February 12.


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