White House Press Aide TJ Ducklo Resigns After Threatening Reporter

TJ Ducklo resigned as White House deputy press secretary after he reportedly issued a sexist and profane threat to a journalist seeking to cover his relationship with another reporter. Patrick Semansky/AP

White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo resigned on Saturday after a report emerged that he verbally threatened a reporter who was pursuing a story about his romantic relationship with another reporter.

Ducklo, who had been serving a weeklong suspension without pay for the incident, posted a statement on Twitter confirming his resignation.

“No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior. I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job. It was language that was abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable,” he said.

“I am devastated to have embarrassed and disappointed my White House colleagues and President Biden, and after discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position and will not be returning from administrative leave.”

He further said that he is determined to earn back the trust of everyone he let down because of his “intolerable actions.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki also issued a statement, accepting Ducklo’s resignation.

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SOURCE: NPR, H. J. Mai

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