The White House has defended not firing its deputy press secretary after he made sexist comments to a reporter who was working on a story.
TJ Ducklo was suspended for one week without pay after a Vanity Fair report revealed he threatened and made sexist comments to Politico reporter Tara Palmeri – who was working on a story about his romantic relationship with another reporter.
“We felt it was a serious punishment,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, during a press briefing on Friday.
In the interaction, Mr Ducklo said he would “destroy her” if she published a story. He went on to make misogynistic comments about Ms Palmeri and claim she was “jealous” about his relationship with Alexi McCammond – who was pulled by Axios from the Biden beat in November after disclosing her relationship.