White House deputy press secretary T.J. Ducklo has been suspended for a week after he reportedly made demeaning remarks toward a female reporter, leading to criticism that President Biden broke a promise to fire any staffers who disrespected colleagues.
Vanity Fair reported Friday that Ducklo made “derogatory and misogynistic” comments toward Politico’s Tara Palmeri when she asked about his romantic relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond.
Sources told the magazine that Ducklo, in an off-the-record call on Jan. 20, threatened to “destroy” Palmeri and claimed she only wanted to ask about McCammond because of jealousy that an unidentified man in the past had wanted to “f—” McCammond and not Palmeri.
Vanity Fair reported that while Ducklo apologized to Palmeri for losing his temper, White House officials also criticized Palmeri for breaking an off-the-record agreement with Ducklo. The story about McCammond and Ducklo was eventually fed to People for a puff piece on the couple.
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