White House Deputy Secretary TJ Ducklo resigned on Saturday after it was revealed he threatened to “destroy” a female reporter for pursuing a story he wanted kept private.
Ducklo became angry when he found out that Politico reporter Jennifer Palmieri was pursuing a story about his romantic relationship with an Axios reporter and he threatened to “destroy” her and “ruin her reputation” in a series of phone calls.
Joe Biden allowed Ducklo to keep his job after he threatened a female reporter despite promising to fire people on the spot if they were disrespectful.
Ducklo was placed on a one-week suspension without pay, however on Saturday he announced that he had ‘resigned’ his position.
In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Ducklo said he is “devastated” to have “embarrassed” and disappointed his White House colleagues and Joe Biden.
“After a discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position and will not be returning from administrative leave,” he said.
“I know this was terrible,” Ducklo said. “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.”
My statement on resigning from the White House. pic.twitter.com/3Jpiiv75vB
— TJ Ducklo (@TDucklo) February 14, 2021