White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Thursday that May 13 would be her last day in the job and that deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would replace her.
“I can’t wait to see her shine as she brings her own style, brilliance and grace to the catwalk,” PSAKI wrote on Twitter, describing Jean-Pierre as “passionate”, “intelligent” and “has a moral core that makes her not only an excellent colleague, but an incredible mom and human”.
PSAKI said Biden asked Jean-Pierre on Thursday afternoon to fill the position of press secretary.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 5, 2022
Biden thanked Psaki in a statement released by the White House.
“Jen Psaki has set the standard for the return of decency, respect and decorum to the White House briefing room,” Biden wrote, praising her for “raising the bar” in her post.
“I thank Jen for her service to the country and wish her the best as she moves forward,” he added, with a preposition missing from his statement.
Political activists celebrated the news, noting that Jean-Pierre would be the White House’s first black female press secretary as well as the first lesbian in the position.
Big news: Karine Jean-Pierre has been named White House Press Secretary, the first black woman and the first LGBTQ person to hold the position! Cheer @K_JeanPierre! https://t.co/XlxlcC6XzB
— GLAAD (@glaad) May 5, 2022
Jean-Pierre has a reputation for being cautious on the podium, as she spent a few briefings frequently telling reporters that she has nothing to say in response to reporters’ questions.
PSAKI should take a stand with MSNBC news.
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