Karine Jean-Pierre: The White House appoints the first black woman and openly LGBTQ press officer | American News

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Joe Biden has nominated Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary, the first black woman and openly LGBTQ person to hold the position.

She will succeed Jen Psaki when she leaves the post next week.

Ms. Jean-Pierre takes on the role as the White House faces an uphill battle to help Democrats retain the House and Senate in this fall’s midterm elections.

The president’s administration is also struggling to address concerns about soaring inflation and the state of the economy.

Mr Biden also brings back longtime Democratic strategist Anita Dunn as a senior adviser.

Prior to joining Biden’s presidential campaign, Ms. Jean-Pierre was public affairs director for the progressive group MoveOn.org and a former political analyst for NBC and MSNBC.

She also worked in political affairs in the Obama White House and on his re-election campaign.

“Karine not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people,” said the president in a statement. .

Ms Psaki, who leaves the White House on May 13, hailed her successor as a “truth partner”.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is greeted by current White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki
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Ms. Jean-Pierre is hugged by current White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki
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“Representation is important and it’s going to give voice to so many people and show so many people what’s truly possible when you work hard and dream big,” she said.

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