Duck, Duck, Gone: White House Aide Quits Over Threatening Remarks to Journalist

TJ Ducklo / YouTube screenshot
February 13, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House press aide who repeatedly threatened a reporter working on a story about his romantic life resigned on Saturday.

Vanity Fair reported Friday that the aide, TJ Ducklo, told a reporter for Politico "I will destroy you" and made other crude remarks when asked to comment on a report that he was dating a Washington journalist. The White House initially suspended him without pay.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Saturday that Ducklo had resigned.

Ducklo said in a statement posted on Twitter that "no words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior."

Reporting by Brad Heath; Editing by Alistair Bell