WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2021)—tonight Press Secretary Jen Psaki released a statement regarding the resignation of T.J. Ducklo. The statement said “We accepted the resignation of TJ Ducklo after a discussion with him this evening. This conversation occurred with the support of the White House Chief of Staff. We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions.”
President Joe Biden said that he would fire any staffer on sight if they engage in unsuitable behavior. The White House originally did not fire and/or ask Ducklo to resign–but placed him on a one week suspension.
Vanity Fair reported on Friday that Ducklo had threatened to “destroy” Politico reporter Tara Palmeri if she continued to pursue a story about his relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond. McCammond had previously covered the Biden campaign up until November, when she told her editors about her relationship with Ducklo and was reassigned to cover progressives and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Source: CBS contributed to the article.