White Home press secretary Jen Psaki waffled Friday when grilled on TJ Ducklo’s one-week suspension for threatening a journalist — despite the fact that President Biden has vowed to hearth his aides “on the spot” for harassment.
Psaki mentioned the remarks from Ducklo — who threatened to “destroy” Politico reporter Tara Palmeri for reporting about his private relationship — have been “fully unacceptable” however refused to deal with why he wasn’t outright fired.
“We felt it was a critical punishment,” Psaki advised reporters at a White Home press briefing.
Biden’s zero-tolerance promise got here as he swore in his appointees on Inauguration Day.
“I’m not joking once I say this, in case you are ever working with me and I hear you deal with one other colleague with disrespect … discuss down to somebody, I promise you I’ll hearth you on the spot,” he mentioned on the time. “On the spot. No ifs, ands or buts. Everyone is entitled to be handled with decency and dignity. That’s been lacking in a giant manner the final 4 years.”
Ducklo was suspended with out pay for per week over his tirade to Palmeri, to whom he’s additionally apologized. When he returns, he’ll now not be assigned to work with Politico reporters.
Psaki dodged a query about Biden’s remarks on Jan. 20, saying Ducklo’s punishment suits the crime.
“It doesn’t meet our customary, it doesn’t meet the president’s customary,” she mentioned. “It was essential that we took a step to make that clear and that included not simply an apology immediately from him and apologies immediately from us on the highest ranges there, but in addition a step to droop him for one week with out pay. That, in our view, was an essential step to ship the message that we don’t discover it acceptable.”
Psaki additionally mentioned she didn’t talk about Ducklo’s conduct or punishment with Biden.