White House Spokesman Suspended After Threatening Female Journalist


Following the publication of this article, T.J. Ducklo and the White House announced his resignation from the Biden administration. This story remains below as originally published:

A deputy press secretary for the Biden administration reportedly verbally harassed a Politico reporter, and the staffer is now facing suspension.

TJ Ducklo’s relationship with Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond was made public by People magazine, but Politico’s Tara Palmeri picked the story up, making Ducklo furious, Vanity Fair reported.

“I will destroy you,” Ducklo said, according to Vanity Fair.

In addition to the threat to ruin Palmeri’s reputation for publishing the story regarding his personal life, he reportedly made several other inappropriate and threatening comments to her, even going as far as to call her “jealous” of the relationship.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki released a statement about the incident, which resulted in Ducklo’s being suspended for one week without pay. The action was only taken after the story went public.

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“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,” Psaki tweeted. “In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret.”

“With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

At Friday’s media briefing, only five of the 66 questions from reporters were about Ducklo, according to conservative pundit Curtis Houck.

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“I am not saying that’s acceptable, but I just want to be clear that it was not an issue related to the White House or a White House policy or anything along those lines,” Psaki answered when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked.

The week-long suspension goes directly against what President Joe Biden said while swearing in federal employees on day one of his administration.

“I’m not joking when I say this: If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot,” Biden said.

Based on Ducklo’s behavior, it would make sense for him to be fired by Biden’s (and most workplaces’) standards. Americans will have to wait and see if the White House decides to increase the consequences.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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