Karine Jean-Pierre will become the new White House press secretary
when Jen Psake departs this week, reports CNN. President Joe Biden
announced in a statement Thursday, as she becomes the first Black
and out LGBTQ person to hold the position. Jean-Pierre currently
serves as the White House’s principal deputy 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,” Biden said in a statement, adding
that “Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect
and decorum to the White House Briefing Room.”
Jean-Pierre will formally begin following Psaki’s last day, which will
be May 13. CNN reported in April that Psaki was planning on leaving
her role for one at MSNBC.
Last May, Jean-Pierre became the second Black woman in history to
hold the daily press briefing. She has served on the White House’s
senior communications team since Biden took office and before that
was an adviser to his campaign and chief of staff to now-Vice
President Kamala Harris.