WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki signals intention to step down in ‘about a year’

Americans who do not appreciate the approach of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki might be relieved to know that her days in the position appear to be numbered.

The bad news, however, is that they might still have to contend with her for another year.

“In about a year from now”

This week, Psaki participated in a podcast interview with former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod, during which she revealed that she is likely to remain President Joe Biden’s top spokesperson for about another year, Breitbart reported.

“I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job, in about a year from now or about a year from now,” she explained.

During the interview, Psaki confirmed that upon accepting the role as White House press secretary, she only agreed to keep the position for about the first year of Biden’s administration.

If true to her own timeline, there could be a new person occupying that post by next spring.

Psaki’s recent revelations were noteworthy, particularly in the light of her long-term career trajectory toward the high-profile gig.

“Diverse spaces and voices”

Psaki is one of many Biden administration members who also worked for former President Barack Obama, having served as the Obama administration’s press aide, a State Department spokesperson, and ultimately White House communications director.

During her interview with Axelrod, Psaki noted that she attempted to achieve a promotion to press secretary under Obama at several points, initially when Robert Gibbs was replaced and then during Jay Carney’s transition to the role.

She admitted that losing out to Carney was a major setback, though it seems that she does not intend to keep the position indefinitely now that she has it. Of course, a high turnover rate is nothing new among those who hold the demanding office.

Progressives have given her generally high marks for her treatment of conservative reporters and dismissive responses to press queries in general. The same traits have also attracted plenty of criticism among moderates and conservatives.

As for who she would like to see serve as press secretary after she leaves, Psaki said: “I think there frankly needs to be diverse spaces and voices as communicators. Women, certainly, but beyond that.”

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