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Joe Biden’s press office mishandles first major controversy

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Less than a month into the Biden administration and already there was a significant, embarrassing and completely inappropriate situation in his press office.

It all started when Vanity Fair’s Caleb Ecarma reported that White House deputy press secretary T.

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Ducklo had threatened a reporter who asked about his relationship with another reporter.

Politico’s Tara Palmeri was reporting that Ducklo was in a romantic relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond, who had covered Joe Biden’s campaign.

Axios told Politico that McCammond had disclosed her relationship and she was taken off the Biden beat.

When Palmeri asked Ducklo about his relationship with McCammond, he reportedly told her, “I will destroy you” if she published the story.

He also, according to the Vanity Fair piece, said Palmeri was jealous of his relationship with McCammond along with other misogynistic and disgusting comments.

After the Vanity Fair story broke, Ducklo was originally suspended a week.

Assuming the details of the Vanity Fair piece were true, a week’s suspension was both laughable and infuriating, particularly coming from a Biden administration that vowed to treat everyone with respect.

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.

That’s why it was so disheartening when White House press secretary Jen Psaki, apparently without speaking to Biden, suspended Ducklo for a week, calling it a “significant step” and that she took the matter “seriously.

I am devastated to have embarrassed and disappointed my White House colleagues and President Biden, and after discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position and will not be returning from administrative leave.

Psaki had built up some good points with the media in her first couple of weeks as White House press secretary, but this incident and her original handling of it is going to scuff up some of those good vibes.


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