White House deputy press secretary T.J. Ducklo resigned on Saturday after his threat to “destroy” a female reporter became public. The threat was made in January in a phone call between Ducklo and Politico reporter Tara Palmeri, who was looking into Ducklo’s relationship with another journalist, Axios reporter Alexi McCammond. “I will destroy you,” Ducklo reportedly told her.
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CBS News reports that Ducklo issued a statement:
In a statement, press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the resignation on Saturday, saying she had a discussion with Ducklo on Saturday evening. White House chief of staff Ron Klain supported the conversation, she added.
“We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions,” Psaki said.
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