Washington, (EFE).- The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, gave her last press conference this Friday as spokesperson for US President Joe Biden, a task that she leaves in the hands of Karine Jean- Pierre, the first black and openly lesbian woman to reach the position.
With her voice cracking with emotion, Psaki had words of thanks for Biden, her team, her husband and, above all, for the dozens of journalists who have followed her daily appearances for more than a year.
“I want to thank all of you in this room. I have been challenged, debated, and disagreed at times. This is how democracy works and all of you play a fundamental role,” Psaki dedicated to reporters.
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The spokeswoman recalled that she took office with the challenge of “recovering integrity and respect” towards the press in the White House, and praised the journalists because with their work “they make this country stronger every day.”
Psaki became a spokesperson for the White House after Biden came to power in January 2021 and with her the daily press conferences of the Government were recovered, a tradition broken during the Government of Donald Trump (2017-2021).
The one who until now was the presidential spokesperson, who declared that she had “a deep respect for the role of a free and independent press”, represented a change of tone in the press room after four years of disdain and even insults to journalists in the it was Trump.
Several media have reported that Psaki is leaving the post to work at the progressive network MSNBC, but she has not confirmed that information for now.
In his last press conference, Psaki answered all kinds of questions, some of them related to the possible entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, the murder of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the shortage of infant milk in the country or the possible suspension of the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk.
He even had to put in his place a journalist who interrupted his colleagues by skipping the strict speaking turns established in the press room.
During a breakfast with journalists on Thursday, the spokeswoman explained that “the most difficult” of the 16 months in which she served as spokesperson was the “threats” by mail she received against her and her two children.
She even accused the Arlington Republican Party, on the outskirts of Washington, of having released her home address to intimidate her.
Born in Stamford (Connecticut) in December 1978, the daughter of a psychotherapist and a real estate businessman, Psaki studied English and Sociology at the University of William and Mary in Virginia, worked on the electoral campaigns of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and was a spokesperson for the State Department with John Kerry.
Biden announced on May 5 that Psaki will be replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre, the first African-American and openly lesbian woman to head White House communication.
Born on the French Caribbean island of Martinique and raised in New York, Jean-Pierre has served as Psaki’s “number two” since Biden took office and, on several occasions, has been in charge of answering questions from reporters in the Press conferences.
Jean-Pierre will become the new face of the government at a time when Biden faces inflation not seen in decades and while the United States leads, together with the European Union, the international community’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.