Placeholder while article actions loadKarine Jean-Pierre will take over as President Biden’s next White House press secretary within weeks, replacing Jen Psaki who is set to leave the administration, the White House announced Thursday.
As press secretary, Jean-Pierre will be responsible for holding the daily press briefing at the White House and helping advise Biden and the broader administration on communication and messaging efforts.
She becomes the first Black and openly gay woman to serve as the White House press secretary.
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Jeff Zients, the coronavirus coordinator; Cedric L. Richmond, director of the White House office of pubic engagement; Gina McCarthy, the national climate adviser; and Pili Tobar, the White House deputy communications director, have all left or plan to leave in the coming weeks.