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Jen Psaki is leaving the White House, to be replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre

Jen Psaki is leaving the White House, to be replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that White House press secretary Jen Psaki is leaving the administration on May 13, to be replaced by her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre.

“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. 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 said in a statement released by the White House.

“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. I thank Jen her service to the country, and wish her the very best as she moves forward.”

Jean-Pierre represents a historic choice for the role, the first Black press secretary and openly gay one in the history of the position. She has been viewed for months as Psaki’s likely successor, having served as the press secretary’s number two for the first year of the administration.

Psaki’s departure is the latest departure from the White House communications office to head for broadcast or cable networks. Symone Sanders, who served as press secretary for Vice President Kamala Harris, is launching her own new show on MSNBC this weekend.

Fox News served the previous administration as both a farm team for the press office and a landing place for former officials. Kayleigh McEnany is a host on Fox News’ daily roundtable show Outnumbered.

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