A White House official attempted to suppress a story about his relationship with a reporter by making threats and using derogatory language to another reporter that haunted her, according to two sources familiar with the incident in one On Monday’s sympathetic profile, people revealed that White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo is dating Axio’s political reporter Alexi McCammond, who covered the Joe Biden campaign, but behind the scenes, Ducklo had previously attacked Politico reporter Tara Palmeri who covered the story and exhibited behaviors that led to tense meetings between Washington news channel editors and senior White House officials

After Vanity Fair released this report, the White House announced that Ducklo will be suspended for a week

The confrontation began on the day of inauguration, Jan. After Palmeri, co-author of Politico’s playbook, asked McCammond for a comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo, according to the sources, Ducklo called a playbook editor to object to the story, but was prompted but instead of calling the male reporter who originally contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri over the phone to kill the story, “I’m going to destroy you,” Ducklo told her, according to the sources, that he was hers Reputation would ruin if she published it

During the confidential call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship – which, given the ethical issues affecting the relationship between a journalist and a White House official, is within the purview of her reporting line because she was jealous that an unidentified man in the past “wanted to fuck” ???? McCammond â ???? and not you? Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being “jealous” his relationship with McCammond (Palmeri had no prior relationship or communication with McCammond before calling her to report on the playbook element This was a story assigned to her that she had not independently pursued)

The following day, an editor from Politico contacted the White House about Ducklo’s threats and, on Jan. January saw several talks between the news agency and senior officials, including Jen Psaki, White House press secretary Kate Bedingfield, White House Director of Communications, and Aniden Dunn, Senior Advisor to Biden On one of those calls, senior White House officials admitted that Ducklo’s handling of the call with Palmeri was inappropriate and said he would send her a message saying he was apologizing for the comments In another conversation, the same White House officials targeted Palmeri, accusing her of breaking a confidential agreement with Ducklo and urging Politico as to why the contents of the call had been revealed Palmeri had her editors first informed of the content of the call that she wrote on her notes during the process after asking her about it

Palmeri declined to comment Psaki and Ducklo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.After it was released, Psaki made a statement: TJ Ducklo apologized to the reporter with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life the first to acknowledge that this is not the standard of conduct set by the President In addition to his initial apology, he sent the reporter a personal note expressing his deep regrets, with the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he was for a week suspended without pay Also, on his return he will no longer work with reporters at Politicoâ ????

When the series of calls between the White House and Politico ended, Ducklo sent Palmeri an email regretting that he had lost his cool, but did not go into details or apologize for the threat and sexual harassment of the reporter According to sources familiar with the exchange, Politico covered Ducklo and McCammond’s relationship in Tuesday’s Playbook after it was first revealed by People last night

Ducklo’s alleged response to Politico’s coverage raises serious questions about behaviors tolerated by Biden in the White House I’m not joking when I say this: if you ever work with me and I hear you disrespect another colleague treat, talk to someone, I promise you, I will discharge you immediately. No ifs and buts, â ???? Biden said during a virtual swearing-in of candidates on his first day at the White House Playbook raised those remarks on Jan. January under the heading “Biden Sets Standard for Professional Behavior” and asked: “Serious question that concerns us this morning: Does this standard apply to the way media representatives at the middle level deal with reporters?”

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