Psaki to Leave White House on May 13, Biden Picks Karine Jean-Pierre as Replacement

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will officially leave her job in the Biden administration on May 13, the president has announced.

In a Thursday statement, Joe Biden revealed that Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to Assistant to the President and the new White House Press Secretary.

“I am proud to announce that Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as the next White House Press Secretary,” 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.

“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 for her service to the country, and wish her the very best as she moves forward.”

In a post in Twitter, Psaki said:

“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.

“She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary.

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

“@KJP46  has decades of experience from her early years working in government and politics in NYC, to her years as an outspoken advocate, to serving as a long-time advisor to @POTUS back when he was the VP.”

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Biden’s team issued a statement that said:

“The White House also announced the return of Anita Dunn as a Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President.

“Dunn rejoins the White House staff from her communications and political consulting firm SKDK, and will assist in advancing the President’s policy and communications objectives.

Karine 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.

“Prior to her role on the campaign, she served as Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst.

“Jean-Pierre served as Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs during the Obama-Biden administration and as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

“She served as Southeast Regional Political Director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, Deputy Campaign Manager for Martin O’Malley for President, Campaign Manager for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Initiative, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative and Budget Affairs for two members in the New York City Council.

“Previously, she worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics, pushing major companies to change their business practices, and is a published author.

“Born in Martinique and raised in New York, Jean-Pierre is a graduate of Columbia University.

“Anita Dunn is one of the nation’s top communications and political strategists and is a close advisor to President Biden.

“She recently served as a Senior Advisor to President Biden and is currently a partner and founding member of SKDK. She brings decades of experience advising Presidents and senior Democrats.

“She served as a chief strategist to President Obama as a senior campaign advisor and as the White House Communications Director. She has also worked in leading roles for Tom Daschle, Bill Bradley, and Evan Bayh.

“As Senior Advisor to President Biden, Anita advised on the administration’s overall strategy and messaging, helping the President take steps and win legislative victories that helped jumpstart the economy after the pandemic.

“Prior to that, she served as a senior advisor on the Biden-Harris campaign, advising on all aspects of the campaign,” the statement said.

“At SKDK, Anita has worked with progressive and issue advocacy campaigns, given strategic advice to elected officials, political candidates, CEOs, nonprofits, and corporations.”

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