This is a living democracy.
Biden’s spokeswoman, Psaki, resigns
05/14/2022, 04:17 AM
She wanted to restore integrity, respect, and courtesy to the White House. Under Psaki, a spokeswoman for US President Biden, the tone and nature of press conferences has changed after the Trump years. Now she’s handed it over to the first black woman in office.
Farewell to the White House Briefing Room in Washington: After nearly 16 months as President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman, Jane Psaki has answered reporters’ questions one last time. “I promised myself it wouldn’t get emotional,” said the 43-year-old – who was still struggling with her feelings in the meantime. Psaki was a prominent figure in the Biden Democratic administration. With former deputy spokeswoman Karen-Jean-Pierre, a black woman takes the important position for the first time after Psaki.
Psaki’s departure was already evident in April. She herself did not comment on other career plans. However, according to media reports, she has to switch to the liberal TV station MSNBC. Psaki thanked US President and First Lady Jill Biden, her team, and reporters. “She challenged me, pushed me, debated me, and sometimes we disagreed,” she said. “This is a living democracy.” The mother of two young children also thanked her husband.
Psaki went on to say that when she spoke to Biden about her future role after her election victory, it was about “returning integrity, respect, and courtesy to the White House.” Weekday press conferences between speakers, Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, have been cancelled. Trump called the critical media “enemies of the people.” With Psaki, regular press conferences and the respectful treatment of reporters in the briefing room returned.