Deputy White House press secretary TJ Ducklo resigned Saturday after a report on Friday said he threatened to “destroy” a Politico reporter for writing about his romantic relationship with another member of the media.
The first official words by President Biden’s spokeswoman included truth and transparency. Wednesday night’s session with reporters, the first of the Biden administration, was so normal — so weirdly normal — that you could be forgiven for thinking that you had mistakenly put on an old episode of The West Wing. This return to norms is wonderfully welcome after the horrors of the past four years. It’s also potentially dangerous.
President-elect Joe Biden’s return to “normalcy” will include restoring the daily press briefing — and at least two women are under consideration to lead the new post-Trump show, according to people familiar with the deliberations. Kate Bedingfield is seen as having the inside track to become either White House communications director or press secretary. Symone Sanders could be offered the role of incoming press secretary, or slot into another position before winding up “at the podium” down the line, Biden aides and other people in and around the transition say.
The White House press office is ground zero for Trumpian dysfunction. Mercedes Schlapp and Tony Sayegh’s fight to lead it sparked even more havoc.