The White House announced on Thursday that White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will replace outgoing Press Secretary Jen Psaki on May 13.
Psaki, who will reportedly be starting a new job on MSNBC after her departure, announced on April 1 that she would be resigning some time in the spring.
“I am proud to announce that Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as the next White House Press Secretary,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.
“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,” he added. “Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.”
The president also thanked Psaki for serving as press secretary.
“Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room,” Biden said. “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.”
Critics may best remember Psaki for her penchant for promising to “circle back” on certain questions. The Daily Wire tweeted Thursday, “Now that Jen Psaki is leaving, I’m sure she’ll circle back to the White House at some point,” alongside a montage showing her extensive use of the catchphrase.
Now that Jen Psaki is leaving, I'm sure she'll circle back to the White House at some point pic.twitter.com/hbExSDtIAs
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) May 5, 2022
Psaki’s replacement, according to Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering, also has a penchant for a certain habit. Jean-Pierre, the few times she has filled in for Psaki, often does not have any information on certain topics to give to reporters.
“WH announces new @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre to succeed @jrpsaki – also has a record of not having anything to share with reporters from the podium,” Spiering tweeted in conjunction with a video showing her lack of candor with the press.
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 5, 2022
Nonetheless, Psaki praised the pick because Jean-Pierre will also be the first black female to hold the position, as well as the first openly lesbian.
“She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary,” Psaki tweeted. “Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible.”
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.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 5, 2022