White House deputy press secretary resigns after threatening reporter over story about him
“We accepted TJ Ducklow’s resignation after a discussion with him this evening. The conversation was held with the support of the White House Chief of Staff,” Saka said in a statement.
Ducklow issued a statement on Twitter saying, “I know it was terrible. I know I can’t take it back. But I also know that I can learn from it and do better.”
Many White House officials described the situation as volatile, as they believed the one-week suspension was insufficient, clarifying the White House’s press shop in several stories about the incident.
Sasaki said that Dacolo apologized to the reporter for threatening the incident to Tara Palmeri of Politico. She had reported on Tuesday that Dakalo was in a romantic relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McMond.
Axios told POLITICO that McCondond “revealed his relationship” with Ducklow in November and “Biden Beat was removed.” But Palmieri reported that McCamond’s beating included Vice President Kamala Harris and had explicitly commented on Biden after the inauguration.
The Vanity Fair story states that Ducklow threatened Palmerley on a piece of her, that he would “destroy” her if he published it. According to the story, Ducklow also made inaccurate remarks about Palmerley and cited Palmerley’s personal life, accusing him of being “jealous” about his relationship with McMecond.