Close employee President Biden resigns after journalist threat

A White House spokesman resigned after threatening a journalist from Politico website. TJ Ducklo, who was close to President Biden, was already suspended. He would have threatened to โ€œdestroyโ€ the woman in a phone conversation because she asked questions about his personal life.

Political journalist Tara Palmeri had recently researched Ducklos love affair with a reporter from news site Axios, Alexi McCammond. She reported to Axios on President Bidens election campaign. To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, McCammond quit as a White House reporter in November.

When Palmeri approached Ducklo about the relationship, he said โ€œa heated discussion about his personal lifeโ€ arose. Ducklo was punished by a week of unpaid leave, but a few days later opts for dismissal.


In a statement, Ducklo says he regrets his actions. โ€œI used language that no woman should ever hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job. It was repulsive, disrespectful and unacceptable,โ€ he writes.

The White House has accepted Duckls resignation. The departure was painful for President Biden, because unlike his predecessor Trump, he wants to develop a good relationship with the press. On his first day as President, Biden said that he immediately dismissed employees who do not treat colleagues with respect.