FLASH: Psaki Will Step Down Next Year
That didn’t take long at all.
According to Business Insider, Joe Biden’s inaugural team is already losing members. White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed Friday that she will be stepping down from her role next year until the right person is identified to succeed her.
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On Thursday, she told former Obama staffer David Axelrod on his podcast, “The Axe Files,” that “about a year or around a year from now, I think it’ll be time for someone else to have this job.”
“I don’t want to miss any opportunities. I don’t want to miss something, and I’m very aware of that,” she said.
She went on to say, “It’s a fantastic work.” “It will be difficult, but I never expected to be here, and I adore my children.”
Business Insider went on to say:
Psaki, who serves as the public face of President Joe Biden’s administration and gives daily press conferences, said she wanted to spend more time with her two young children.
Psaki is a seasoned Democratic strategist and communications veteran who worked on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008 and then served as his deputy press secretary and deputy communications director in the White House.
She later became the State Department’s spokeswoman before returning to the White House as Obama’s communications director in 2015.
Psaki has a long history with Biden, dating back to her time in the Obama administration. Nonetheless, after spending the previous four years in a variety of media, academic, and consultant positions, she was seen as an unexpected choice for her position as press secretary.
Any press secretary’s job is difficult, but Psaki’s has been a lot easier than any of the four people who served as former President Donald Trump’s chief spokesperson — Sean Spicer, who is now with Newsmax TV; Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is now running for governor of her home state of Arkansas (with Trump’s blessing); and Stephanie Grisham, who was first lady Melania Trump’s press secretary.
Each of them was constantly yelled at, badgered, and pilloried by a sneering press corps who had never treated any of Obama’s press secretaries with such disrespect — and who had treated Psaki with far more reverence.