Karine Jean-Pierre will become the new White House press secretary when Jen Psaki will depart her role next week, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday, May 5th. This will make Jean-Pierre the first Black and LGBTQ person to hold this position. She currently serves as the principal deputy press secretary at the White House.
“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job but will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people,” Biden said in a statement, adding that “Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room.”
Jean-Pierre will formally start the position following Psaki’s last day, May 13th. Last May, Jean-Pierre had become the second Black woman in history to hold the daily press briefing. She had served on the White House’s senior communications team since Biden took office and was an adviser to his campaign and chief of staff to now-Vice President Kamala Harris before that.