White House Assistant Secretary TJ Ducklo resigned Saturday after coming under fire for threatening and molesting a reporter who is following a story about a relationship between them and Ducklo other reporters end a chaotic saga that became the nascent White House’s first major scandal

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that the White House accepted Ducklo’s resignation after speaking with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain

Psaki said the White House was “obliged to strive every day to meet the standard set by the president to treat others with dignity and respect” after it came under fire on Friday for initially one had imposed an unpaid, one-week ban

Ducklo, who had already been scrutinized for his relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond, came under heavy criticism after Vanity Fair reported he told Politico Playbook reporter Tara Palmieri, “I will destroy you “because they followed up the story

Ducklo also reportedly accused Palmieri of being “jealous” of his relationship with McCammond and that an unnamed man wanted to “fuck” McCammond instead of her, leading to allegations of sexual harassment

Ducklo said in a statement on Saturday that “no words can express my regret, embarrassment and disgust for my behavior” and called his words “hideous, disrespectful and unacceptable”

“If you ever work with me at & I hear that you are treating another colleague with disrespect, speaking to someone, I will fire you immediately. No ifs, ors, or buts,” said President Joe Biden on Jan 20, shortly after he took office These words have proven to be a critical yardstick at the start of his presidency, as they were often cited as the main reason Ducklo had to leave

The White House’s initial handling of the incident was scrutinized by reporters, particularly due to the fact that Ducklo was not only suspended but also banned from working with Politico reporters, Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez agreed the time that the move “punishes Politico by depriving them of a White House source that all of their competitors now have”

The move signals a White House criticized by both allies and the press, a noticeable change on the part of the Trump administration, which mostly wiped away the press criticism

I am a news reporter covering politics and the Biden transition. I previously worked for MSNBC and Chronogram Magazine. I attended Vassar College and London

I’m a news reporter covering politics and the Biden transition.I previously worked for MSNBC and Chronogram Magazine. I attended Vassar College and the London School of Economics

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Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2021/02/14/white-house-deputy-press-secretary-tj-ducklo-resigns-after-threatening-reporter/