President Biden announced Thursday he chose Karine Jean-Pierre as White House press secretary to replace Jen Psaki, who leaves May 13.
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Jean-Pierre has also been promoted to Assistant to the President.
Psaki tweeted that she will be the first black woman and openly LGBTQ+ press secretary.
“One of our first conversations was about how to build a drama free team that focused on doing the job and also supporting each other while playing a role every day in rebuilding trust in government,” Psaki said of Jean-Pierre. “Grateful to have had her by my side.”
The following is a statement from Biden:
I am proud to announce that Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as the next White House Press Secretary.
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.
Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room. I want to say thank you to Jen for raising the bar, communicating directly and truthfully to the American people, and keeping her sense of humor while doing so. I thank Jen her service to the country, and wish her the very best as she moves forward.
Lots to say about how grateful I am to @POTUS and @FLOTUS and the Biden family for trusting me to serve as @PressSec and plenty of time before my last day to share, but today is about @KJP46 so a few thoughts on this remarkable woman who will soon be behind the podium every day.— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 5, 2022