Jen Psaki will be leaving her role as White House press secretary on May 13 and will be replaced by deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Biden announced the change on Thursday afternoon, praising Psaki “for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room.” Although Psaki has not yet announced her plans upon leaving her role, earlier reports suggest she will join MSNBC.
“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,” Biden said in a statement.
Jean-Pierre has served in various senior communication and political roles for Biden, including during his campaign and when he was vice president. She was also previously an NBC News political analyst.
Jean-Pierre has held multiple press briefings since Biden took office, filling in for the first time in May 2021.
“She (Jean-Pierre) 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 said about the upcoming changes.
“I can’t wait to see her shine as she brings her own style, brilliance and grace to the podium,” Psaki added.