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  • Well, let me first say, obviously, Caitlin, that I take, um this very seriously.

  • I'm a woman, obviously.

  • But I've been in this town working in press and communications for nearly 20 years, almost 20 years.

  • And I think many of you know me and have worked with me closely.

  • And many of you know, many people in this building, including other president who take thes allegations quite seriously.

  • Um, TJ Duck low.

  • Who is the deputy who you're asking about?

  • Has apologized to the reporter, apologized to the reporter.

  • Um, quite shortly after the comments were made, um, hey, had a heated conversation about a story related to his personal life.

  • I'm not saying that's acceptable, but I just want to be clear that it was not about an issue related to the White House or a White House policy or anything along those lines.

  • Uh, he's the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the president.

  • Nor is that the standard of behavior set by me.

  • And I'm his direct supervisor.

  • Uh, in addition to his initial apology, he sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret.

  • Uh, the ask Hey, has been places you noted on a one week suspension suspension without pay.

  • That is a significant step.

  • I'm not aware of the history of that step being taken.

  • You all can check me on that.

  • Uh, and in addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.

  • I don't We don't want No one wants anyone to feel uncomfortable, uh, to be put in an uncomfortable position.

  • And that's not behavior that we will tolerate eso Those were the steps that were taken, and we felt it was a serious punishment.

Well, let me first say, obviously, Caitlin, that I take, um this very seriously.

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