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

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White House main lawman property caput Karine Jean-Pierre is replacing Jen Psaki arsenic White House property secretary, President Biden announced Thursday. 

Psaki volition beryllium leaving the White House connected May 13, and her impending departure was expected. Longtime apical Democratic advisor Anita Dunn is besides returning to the White House arsenic a elder adviser, focusing connected the president's argumentation and communications goals. 

Karine Jean-Pierre FILE: White House lawman property caput Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a property briefing astatine the White House connected Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Evan Vucci / AP

"Karine not lone brings the experience, endowment and integrity needed for this hard job, but she volition proceed to pb the mode successful communicating astir the enactment of the Biden-Harris Administration connected behalf of the American people," Mr. Biden said successful a statement. "Jill and I person known and respected Karine a agelong clip and she volition beryllium a beardown dependable speaking for maine and this administration. 

The president asked Jean-Pierre to service arsenic the adjacent property caput Thursday successful the Oval Office, Psaki said. The president besides praised Psaki, a seasoned of the Obama medication who was Mr. Biden's archetypal White House property secretary.

"Jen Psaki has acceptable the modular for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room," the president continued. "I privation to accidental convey you to Jen for raising the bar, communicating straight and truthfully to the American people, and keeping her consciousness of wit portion doing so. I convey Jen her work to the country, and privation her the precise champion arsenic she moves forward."

Dunn, a longtime governmental operative who besides worked for the Obama White House, was a apical advisor astatine the White House astatine the opening of Mr. Biden's word and during his statesmanlike campaign. 

Jean-Pierre, who volition beryllium the archetypal Black White House property secretary, has occasionally filled successful for Psaki astatine the White House briefing country lectern and fielded questions from reporters aboard Air Force One. 

Jean-Pierre, 44, was calved successful France and is the spouse of CNN's Suzanne Malveaux. They person a young daughter. She worked for the Biden and Obama campaigns, and has served arsenic an NBC and MSNBC governmental analyst. 

The relation of White House property caput is notoriously difficult, requiring a robust cognition of home and planetary politics, arsenic good arsenic the quality to respond rapidly to questions from a country of dozens of reporters. 

Kathryn Watson


Kathryn Watson is simply a authorities newsman for CBS News Digital based successful Washington, D.C.

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