Who is White House press secretary Jen Psaki?

JOE Biden's new top team are settling into the White House.

He has brought in Jen Psaki as his new press secretary, and she ran her first press briefing alongside the President on January 20.

Who is Jen Psaki?

Jen Psaki, 42, from Stamford, Connecticut is the current White House press secretary.

She graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in English and sociology in 2000.

She began her career in the early 2000's, working on the the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin for the Senate and Tom Vilsack for governor in 2001.

In 2004, Ms Psaki became deputy press secretary for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, before serving as communications director to Joseph Crowley the following year.

She also acted as press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee until 2006.

Between 2008 and 2015, Ms Psaki worked in various press and communications roles in the Obama administration, including as Deputy Press Secretary, Communications Director and spokesperson for the US Department of State.

The talented comms manager was tipped several times to take over the top job as White House press secretary, although this role was actually filled by Josh Earnest.

She left the Obamas briefly in 2011 to work as the senior vice president and managing director at the Global Strategy Group.

In 2017, Ms Psaki left the White House to become a CNN contributer.

She returned alongside Joe Biden in 2021 to act as White House press secretary.

How tall is Jen Psaki?

Jen Psaki is around 5 ft 5, or 1.64 metres.

What did Jen Psaki say in her first press conference?

Jen Psaki ran her first official presidential press conference on January 20.

She promised to bring "truth and transparency" to her new role as White House press secretary.

She opened the conference by saying: "Good evening, everyone. Thank you for joining us on this historic day.

"It's an honor to be here with all of you. When the president asked me to serve in this role, we talked about the importance of bringing truth and transparency back to the briefing room."

She added: "I have deep respect for the role of a free and independent press in our democracy.”

Ms Psaki covered a number of issues relating to the raft of executive orders signed off by President Biden, including his 100-day masking order, racial equality and the environment.

 

Here is what she had to say:

On Covid-19

"To combat the deadly virus, the president launched his 100-day masking challenge, asking Americans to do their part and mask up for 100 days."

"The issue that [President Biden] wakes up every day focused on is getting the pandemic under control, the issue that he goes to bed every night focused on is getting the pandemic under control.”

On re-joining the World Health Organisation

"We’re not wasting any time, Dr. Fauci will participate remotely in the meeting of the World Health Organization as the US head of delegation."

On Trump's impeachment

"[President Biden's] view is the way to bring the country together is to address the problems we're facing,"

On her new role

"I come to this podium, having served both in the White House and at the State Department as the spokesperson there….[I saw] the power of this podium and the power of truth, and the importance of setting an example of engagement and transparency.

"I have deep respect for the role of a free and independent press in our democracy and for the role, all of you play."

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