According to reports, a White House aide, TJ Ducklo has resigned amid serious backlash after threatening a female journalist.
TJ Ducklo announced his departure via Twitter on Saturday, just a day after he was placed on a one-week suspension without pay.
“No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior. 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,” he wrote.
“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 and will not be returning from administrative leave.”
Ducklo went on to explain the severity of his actions. “I know this was terrible. I know I can’t take it back. But I also know I can learn from it and do better,” he said.
“This incident is not representative of who I am as a person and I will be determined to earn back the trust of everyone I have let down because of my intolerable actions.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the resignation in a statement to CNN.
“We accepted the resignation of TJ Ducklo after a discussion with him this evening,”she said. “This conversation occurred with the support of the White House Chief of Staff. We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions.”