Jean-Pierre, the present principal deputy press secretary, will develop into the primary overtly homosexual particular person and first Black girl to carry the function of White House press secretary. The White House mentioned that Jean-Pierre would assume the place on May 13.
“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,” President Biden mentioned in a press release. “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,” he mentioned. “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.”
Psaki, who has held the function of press secretary because the begin of the Biden administration, is predicted to depart for a task at MSNBC.
Psaki described Jean-Pierre as a “remarkable woman” and famous her expertise in New York City politics and authorities in addition to her work as an adviser to Biden when he served as vp throughout the Obama administration. Psaki additionally famous the historic nature of Jean-Pierre’s ascension to the function.
“Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible,” Psaki tweeted.
Thursday’s announcement ends months of hypothesis about who would substitute Psaki when she decides to depart the administration. Jean-Pierre has at all times been considered because the main contender for the function, however different names have been floated as potentialities, together with White House communications director Kate Bedingfield.
Psaki had initially deliberate to depart her function after a few yr. Reports emerged final month that she was in discussions for a task at MSNBC. Psaki has not confirmed these discussions and Thursday’s announcement mentioned nothing about her future plans.
Jean-Pierre has a prolonged resume of political and authorities jobs, together with serving on Biden’s marketing campaign and earlier than that as chief public affairs officer for MoveOn.org. She has labored within the White House underneath President Obama and on Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
Having served as Psaki’s deputy for greater than a yr, Jean-Pierre has gaggled and briefed reporters from the rostrum a number of occasions.
Jean-Pierre made historical past a few yr in the past when she delivered her first briefing, turning into the primary overtly LGBTQ particular person to temporary from the rostrum.