Deputy White House press secretary TJ Ducklo has been suspended for one week after he harassed and threatened a Politico journalist who was pursuing a story about his romantic involvement with another reporter.
Vanity Fair reported that Ducklo responded angrily during an off-the-record call with Politico’s Tara Palmeri when she was reporting on his relationship with Alexi McCammond, an Axios reporter who met Ducklo while covering the Biden campaign.
“I will destroy you,” Ducklo reportedly told Palmeri on the call, during which he also made misogynistic comments and suggested she was “jealous” that an unidentified man was interested in McCammond and not her.
“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life. He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement after the Vanity Fair report was published.