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Biden Staffer Gets Slap on the Wrist for 'Sexually Harassing & Threatening' Reporter

White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo suspended over allegations

 on 13th February 2021 @ 4.00pm
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Biden vowed to 'fire' anyone who showed 'disrespect' - TJ Ducklo gets a slap on the wrist

One of Joe Biden's senior staffers has been suspended over allegations he "sexually harassed" and "threatened" a female reporter.

The White House announced the slap on the wrist for Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report on his alleged actions emerged on Friday.

The move comes just weeks after Biden vowed to "fire" anyone "on the spot" if they "treat another colleague with disrespect."

A Vanity Fair report surfaced alleging that Ducklo sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish an article that exposed his romantic relationship with a journalist who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Biden.

“The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after [Politico reporter Tara] Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted [Axios political reporter Alexi] McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo,” Vanity Fair reported.

“Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns."

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TJ Ducklo allegedly threatened to 'destroy' Politico reporter Tara Palmeri

"But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story," the report adds.

"‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.”

“During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you,'” the report added.

“Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being ‘jealous’ of his relationship with McCammond.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter.

“He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued.

“With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay.

"In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

Reporters called out the administration over the incident, highlighting how the Trump administration did not treat reporters that way as well as issues with the timeline of events with regard to the White House taking action to address the incident.

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WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki downplayed TJ Ducklo's behavior as 'a heated conversation about his personal life'

“The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter.

“But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years.

"It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

Grabien founder Tom Elliott highlighted the following remarks that Biden made a few weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot.

"No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency & dignity.”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to the quote, writing: “Standards that are not upheld are not standards. They’re lies.”

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