He wanted to “destroy” a journalist. Now he is finished himself.
White House deputy spokesman TJ Ducklo, 32, has resigned after allegations of intimidation against a journalist.
The government is striving to meet the standard set by President Joe Biden (78) of treating all people with dignity, respect and a civil tone, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki (42) on Saturday (local time).
The resignation of TJ Ducklo took place in consultation with Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain (59).
The White House had previously only suspended the spokesman for a week without pay on Friday – and was heavily criticized for it.
According to media reports, Ducklo had called the journalist Tara Palmeri (34), who wrote for the politics website “Politico”, who was researching Ducklo’s relationship with another journalist from “Politico” competitor “Axios”.
On the phone call, Ducklo Palmeri is said to have threatened to ruin her reputation by saying “I will destroy you” if she published the story. According to “Vanity Fair” Ducklo also made derogatory and misogynistic comments, used vulgar expressions and described Palmeri as “jealous”.
Psaki had to put up with many critical questions at a press conference on Friday about the matter. Reporters reminded her of Biden’s announcement that he would fire anyone who disrespected others on the spot.