US President Joe Biden has appointed Karine Jean-Pierre as the new White House press secretary. She succeeds Jen Psaki, who will step down next week.
Jean-Pierre is the first black and openly LGBTI woman to take on the role of White House Press Secretary. In a response, she thanks Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden for the opportunity. “It’s a historic moment that didn’t escape me,” she said. “It’s a very emotional day.”
She also calls her appointment a “true honour.” “I look forward to serving this administration and the American people. It will be a challenge to follow in her footsteps. Jen Psaki has been a good friend, mentor, and outstanding publicist.
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“Representation is important”
Biden greeted Jean-Pierre with praise. “Karine brings the experience, talent and integrity necessary for this difficult task,” the US president said in a statement about his former deputy press secretary. “She will continue to lead the way in communicating the work of the Biden-Harris administration.” Jean-Pierre has a daughter and is married to CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveux.
PSAKI, who will leave the White House on May 13, hailed her successor, who like her “values the truth”, and stressed the significance of the historic appointment. “Representation is important and with this nomination it will give a lot of voice and show what is truly possible if you work hard and dream big.” PSAki himself will work for the American news channel MSNBC.
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