US President Joe Biden on Thursday appointed Karen-Jean-Pierre to succeed Jane Psaki as a White House spokeswoman, making her the first black woman to hold the famous position.
Ms. Jean-Pierre, the current deputy spokesperson for the White House, will officially take office on May 13.
“Karen not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed to this challenging position, but she will continue to lead the way in delivering the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people,” the US president said. statment.
Last May, Mrs. Jean-Pierre became the second black woman in US history to give the daily press conference. She has been part of the senior White House communications team since Mr. Biden took office. Previously, she served as President’s Campaign Adviser and Chief of Staff to current Vice President Kamala Harris.
Ms. Psaki’s departure next week has been expected since she publicly announced her intention to leave her post after a year in the current administration.
Psaki said on Twitter she was “grateful” to Biden and described his successor as a “wonderful woman”.
According to US media, the current spokeswoman should join MSNBC where she will be hosting her own show.