Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s replacement has been announced.
According to the Daily Caller, Psaki will be replaced by deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“A strong voice”
The Biden administration announced Psaki’s replacement on Thursday.
“I am proud to announce that Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as the next White House Press Secretary,” President Joe Biden said.
Karine not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people. Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.
Psaki also released her own statement in praise of Jean-Pierre, saying, “She is passionate. She is smart and she has a moral core that makes her not just a great colleague, but an amazing Mom and human. Plus, she has a great sense of humor.”
Psaki added that Jean-Pierre “will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary.”
Jean-Pierre, since May 2021, has, on occasion, held press briefings for the Biden administration. So, we have seen her at the podium before.
Breitbart News reports, “Jean-Pierre has the reputation of being cautious at the podium, as she has spent some briefings frequently telling reporters she has nothing to say in response to reporters’ questions.”
We’ll have to see if this remains the case.
Biden announced that Psaki will officially leave her role as White House Press Secretary on May 13. Biden thanked Psaki for “returning decency, respect, and decorum to the White House Briefing Room,” and he wished her “the very best” moving forward.
It is unclear what is up next for Psaki. There were earlier reports that indicated that she is planning to take a position with MSNBC. Specifics, though, have not been revealed, and the reports themselves have not been confirmed.