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White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo has resigned, a day after being suspended without pay for allegedly threatening a female reporter.

Mr Ducklo had reportedly said he would “destroy” Politico journalist Tara Palmeri who was asking questions about his private life.

In a statement on Saturday, Mr Ducklo said his language had been “abhorrent”.

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President Joe Biden has vowed to fire anyone in his administration who treats “another colleague with disrespect”

In the statement posted on Twitter, Mr Ducklo, 32, wrote: “No words can express my regret, my embarrassment and my disgust for my behaviour.”

“I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job. It was language that was abhorrent, disrespectful and unacceptable.

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“I am devastated to have embarrassed and disappointed my White House colleagues and President Biden, and after a discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position.”

Mr Ducklo said “this incident is not representative of me I am as a person”, adding that he was determined “to earn back the trust of everyone I have let down because of my intolerable actions”.

Ms Palmeri has so far made no public comments on the latest developments.


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