Friday February 12, 2021
White House puts deputy press officer on leave
Donald Trump often referred to the media as “enemies of the people”. After the change of power, the Biden government promised a different style – and is nevertheless confronted with the first scandal. A White House spokesman reportedly threatened a journalist in a dispute.
The White House suspended a vice spokesman for a week after allegedly threatening a journalist in an argument. His behavior was “totally unacceptable” and he knew it, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
The punishment followed an article in Vanity Fair magazine. It said that the vice-spokesman TJ Ducklo had threatened a reporter from the Politico website to “destroy” her and destroy her reputation. The journalist had asked questions about Ducklo’s relationship with a reporter on the Axios website.
The suspension raised questions in Washington. After the former President Donald Trump frequently insulted the media as “enemies of the people”, the White House promised his successor, Joe Biden, a professional approach to the press.
Psaki was also reminded of Biden’s announcement at her press conference that he would fire anyone who was disrespectful to his colleagues on the spot. “We found it was a serious penalty,” she said of the free suspension. She made the decision in consultation with Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, and did not speak to the president about it, said Psaki.