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Karine Jean-Pierre to succeed Jen Psaki as White House press secretary


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Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a media briefing on the White House in Washington, U.S., July 29, 2021.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has named Karine Jean-Pierre to be the following White House press secretary. 

Jean-Pierre currently serves as principal deputy press secretary. Starting May 13, she is going to replace departing White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she is going to proceed to cleared the path in communicating concerning the work of the Biden-Harris Administration,” Biden said in a press release. “Jill and I actually have known and revered Karine a protracted time and he or she will probably be a robust voice speaking for me and this Administration.”

In assuming certainly one of the nation’s most visible political roles, Jean-Pierre will break multiple historic barriers, becoming each the primary Black White House press secretary and the primary openly gay person to carry the job.

Jean-Pierre, 44, is a veteran spokeswoman and an alumna of the Biden 2020 presidential campaign and the Obama administration.

Prior to joining Biden’s campaign, she was a political analyst on MSNBC and NBC and the chief public affairs officer at MoveOn.org, a progressive political nonprofit.

Jean-Pierre will turn out to be Biden’s top spokeswoman at a difficult time for the president and his administration.

Republicans are currently favored to win majorities in each the House and the Senate on this November’s midterm elections. With a view to help them defend their razor thin majorities, Democrats expect the White House to do two things: Showcase their party’s successes and help them drive home a cohesive campaign message to voters.

To date in Biden’s presidency, each of those tasks have proven extremely difficult for the White House communications office.

U.S. White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing on the White House in Washington, December 20, 2021.

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Nonetheless, Jean-Pierre will still have big shoes to fill on the lectern.

Psaki has served as Biden’s press secretary from day one, and her tenure is widely seen as a successful one.

Upon taking the job, Psaki immediately reinstated the longstanding tradition of day by day, on camera press briefings. There, she has maintained her composure under tough questioning and shown a robust command of dozens of various topics.

Over the past 12 months, Psaki has turn out to be certainly one of Biden’s closest aides.

“I would like to say thanks to Jen for raising the bar, communicating directly and truthfully to the American people, and keeping her humorousness while doing so,” Biden said Thursday.

After she leaves the White House, Psaki is anticipated to affix a cable news channel.

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