By this time next year, the Biden administration could have a new top spokesperson.
According to the Daily Caller, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a recent podcast interview with former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod that she expects to step down from the position in about a year.
“I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now or about a year from now,” Psaki said.
“Coming in and doing this job for a year”
During the interview, Psaki said that she only accepted the position for about a year, signaling that her intention to step down at the end of that time frame was not one she made recently.
Psaki said those in President Joe Biden’s “inner circle” had “talked about [her] coming in and doing this job for a year,” which she said was “quite appealing” to her.
As for her motivation for serving a limited term, the mother of two young children indicated a desire to spend more time with her family.
“I don’t want to miss time with them,” she told Axelrod. “I don’t want to miss moments. I don’t want to miss things, and I’m very mindful of that as well.”
“Diverse spaces and voices”
While Psaki described the press secretary position as “a great job” and acknowledged it “will be hard” for her to leave it behind, she said her kids remain her priority.
During the interview, she admitted that she did not believe she would have the opportunity to hold the influential administration post after previously serving in several key positions under former President Barack Obama, including press aide, State Department spokesperson, and White House communications director.
In fact, she described multiple efforts to become Obama’s press secretary. One such attempt came when Jay Carney replaced Robert Gibbs and another was when Josh Earnest took over for Carney.
Psaki admitted that losing out to Earnest was particularly “devastating” for her.
She also touched on the type of person she believes should replace her as the Biden administration’s press secretary without offering specifics, stating: “I think there frankly needs to be diverse spaces and voices as communicators. Women, certainly, but beyond that.”