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Karine Jean-Pierre will be the next White House press secretary


FILE – Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre answers a question from a reporter during the press briefing at the White House in Washington, July 30, 2021. President Joe Biden on Thursday May 5, 2022, named Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary, with incumbent Jen Psaki due to step down next week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)


President Joe Biden on Thursday nominated Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary, with incumbent Jen Psaki due to step down next week.

Biden is also bringing back longtime Democratic strategist Anita Dunn as a senior adviser. She had served in Biden’s White House last year for several months after Biden was sworn in.

“Karine not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people,” Biden said. in a statement praising Jean-Pierre, who has served as his main deputy press secretary since inauguration day.

PSAKI, who leaves the White House on May 13, congratulated his successor, stressing the importance of this historic appointment.

“She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as White House Press Secretary,” Psaki said. “Representation is important and it will give voice to many, but also make many dream of what is truly possible.”

Prior to joining Biden’s presidential campaign, Jean-Pierre was the public affairs director for the progressive group and a former political analyst for NBC and MSNBC. She also worked in political affairs in the Obama White House and on his re-election campaign.

When she took the job, Psaki, who has two young children, said publicly that she intended to stay in the job for about a year.

Biden said Psaki “set the standard for the return of decency, respect and decorum to the White House briefing room.”

“I want to thank Jen for raising the bar, for communicating directly and honestly with the American people, and for keeping her sense of humor alive,” Biden said. “I thank Jen for her service to the country and wish her the best as she moves forward.”

Dunn is a partner at Democratic consulting firm SKDK and served as a senior adviser for Biden’s 2020 campaign and previously President Barack Obama’s chief communications strategist and director. The White House said she was returning to “help advance the president’s policy and communications goals.”