West News Wire: President Joe Biden stated Thursday that White House press secretary Jen Psaki will depart the White House on May 13 after a year and a half on the job, and her current deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, will take her place.

Jean-Pierre will be the first Black and LGBT woman to serve as White House press secretary, in a historic appointment.

“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.

Psaki has long said she would leave the White House press office sometime this year.

Jennifer Rene Psaki born December 1, 1978 is an American political advisor serving as the 34th and current White House press secretary. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the Obama administration as the White House deputy press secretary in 2009. The White House deputy communications director (2009–2011). The spokesperson for the United States Department of State (2013–2015) and the White House communications director (2015–2017). Psaki was a political contributor for CNN from 2017 to 2020.P

“Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room. 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,” Biden said.

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If Psaki lands at NBC next, as Axios has reported, it would follow a similar path to former Biden-Harris administration adviser Symone Sanders, who left last year to start a show on MSNBC.

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