Karine Jean-Pierre Named White House Press Secretary

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that Karine Jean-Pierre had been promoted to be Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary. Jean-Pierre will step into the Press Secretary role replacing Jen Psaki, who will depart from the White House on May 13.

Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary.

“I am proud to announce that Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as the next White House Press Secretary,” said President Biden in a statement.

“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,” Biden continued. “Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.”

Jean-Pierre is currently the Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President. Karine is a long-time advisor to President Biden, having served in senior communication and political roles in the Biden Administration, the Biden campaign, and to then-Vice President Biden in the Obama Administration.

As previously reported, current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is expected to leave for a job at MSNBC. Psaki had initially planned to leave her role after about a year.

“Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room,” said Biden. “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.”

In a tweet, Psaki noted the historic nature of Jean-Pierre’s new role.

“Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible,” Psaki said.

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