White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo allegedly threatened to “destroy” Politico reporter Tara Palmeri for investigating his relationship with a journalist – before telling her she was just bitter about someone refused to have sex with her, according to a new report.
The vulgar and threatening remarks made by the White House senior aide were first reported by Vanity Fair on Friday.
According to reports, Politico editors had at least two calls to Ducklo’s supervisors – including White House communications director Kate Bedingfield and press secretary Jen Psaki – to discuss his behavior.
In a phone call, Ducklo’s supervisors allegedly tried to turn the tables, accusing Palmeri, a confidential one Broken agreement by reporting Ducklo’s wrongdoing to her editors.
Palmeri, a former reporter for the New York Post and co-author of Politico’s popular « Playbook » newsletter, worked on the story of Ducklo’s then-secret romance with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond. A male journalist at Politico asked Ducklo for a comment, while Palmeri contacted McCammond, according to the report.
Instead of answering the male journalist, 32-year-old Ducklo called Palmeri and said, « I will destroy you » when she did According to Vanity Fair, reporting continued.
Then he claimed Palmeri was « jealous » that another man wanted to « fuck McCammond » and not you.
The relationship between Ducklo, who is battling lung cancer, and McCammond was first spotted in a gushing Monday night Profile in People reports – the same outlet that scored the first interview with President Biden in office. Politico « Playbook » reported Tuesday morning that « Playbook informed Biden’s communications staff Monday night that this article will be published today. Hours later, People posted a glowing profile of McCammond and Ducklo’s relationship. «
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