US President Joe Biden has named Karine Jean-Pierre as the next White House press secretary.
Jean-Pierre will be the first black person to hold this high-profile post and the first openly LGBTQ person in the role .
She will replace Jen Psaki, under whom she served as deputy and who will leave the White House on May 13.
In a statement Thursday, President Biden said he was happy and proud to announce the appointment of Jean-Pierre.
“Jean-Pierre not only brings the experience, talent and integrity required for this difficult task, but she will continues to be at the forefront of communicating the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people. Jill and I have long known and respected her, and she will be a powerful voice speaking for me and for this administration,” he said.
Psaki while introducing her successor at a White House briefing on Jan Thursday, said: “Her promotion is amazing as representation is important and she will give a voice to so many and show so many what is really possible when you work hard and dream big.”
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“This is a historic moment and it has not escaped my notice. It is an honor and a privilege to stand behind this podium,” Jean-Pierre said during a brief appearance in the White House press room.
Only one other black woman, Judy Smith, had preceded her as deputy White House Press Secretary, during George H.W. Bush’s presidency in 1991.
A longtime advisor to Biden, Jean-Pierre worked on both former President Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012, and then on Biden’s campaign in 2020 before joining his team at the White House.
She also served under Biden during his tenure as Obama’s vice president.
The president also commended outgoing press secretary Jen Psaki for “attitude the standard and the return of decency, respect and decency to the White House briefing room.”
He thanked her for “raising the bar, communicating directly and truthfully with the American people, while respecting her.” sense f So he kept his sense of humor.”