Biden Names Karine Jean-Pierre as New White House Press Secretary

United States President Joe Biden has named Karine Jean-Pierre his new White House press secretary, becoming the first Black woman and the first openly gay person in the role.

Jean-Pierre, currently the principal deputy press secretary and deputy assistant to the president, will replace Jen Psaki, who will step down from the position 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,” Biden said.

Jean-Pierre is a long-time advisor to Biden, having served in senior communication and political roles in the Biden administration, Biden campaign, and when Biden was vice president in the Obama administration.

Jean-Pierre also served as Kamala Harris’ chief of staff during the vice president’s 2020 campaign.

On Twitter, Psaki described Jean-Pierre as “passionate” and “smart.”

“I can’t wait to see her shine as she brings her own style, brilliance, and grace to the podium,” Psaki added.

Biden also thanked Psaki for her service, having served in the role for over one year and three months.

“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,” Biden said.

Biden also announced that Anita Dunn would return as senior advisor and assistant to the president.

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