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

Biden also thanked Psaki for "raising the bar" as press secretary.

Published: May 5, 2022 3:54pm

Updated: May 5, 2022 4:33pm

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced Karine Jean-Pierre will replace White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Psaki will leave her position in the Biden administration on May 13.

Jean-Pierre, who was serving as the White House principal deputy press secretary, will also be promoted to Assistant to the President in addition to press secretary.

"She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary. Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible," Psaki posted about Jean-Pierre on Twitter.

"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 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," he noted.

The president also thanked Psaki for her work.

"Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room," he wrote.

"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. I thank Jen her service to the country, and wish her the very best as she moves forward," Biden added.

It is unclear what Psaki's next plans are, but rumors last month signaled she may join MSNBC.

The administration on Thursday also announced the return of Anita Dunn, who will serve as a Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President after working at the political consulting firm SKDK.

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