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Jen Psaki to Reportedly Leave Her Job at the White House

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US media say that Jen Psaki will leave the White House by May. Credit: White House

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary of Greek heritage, will apparently leave her job sometime in May, U.S. media reported on Friday.

An Axios report says that Psaki is in exclusive talks with MSNBC to join the network after she leaves the White House.

The news follows speculation over whether the press secretary was looking for a job at MSNBC or CNN while Psaki has been out of the briefing room this week with Covid-19, the Hill says.

Psaki has worked with the White House counsel’s office about her departure and no contracts have been signed yet, Axios reported. Additionally, she has talked to senior officials about the move but has not formally announced it to the press team.

Psaki was asked at a briefing last month if she could confirm whether she was looking for a new job, but she indicated at the time that she was not ready to leave the podium yet.

“I have more than enough on my plate here. So you can’t get rid of me quite yet. Sorry, Peter, for you on that,” she replied to Fox News’s Peter Doocy.

Psaki’s roots in Messinia, Greece

Psaki, of Irish, Greek, and Polish descent, with her Greek roots in Messinia through her father James R. Psaki, is one of seven women that filled the upper ranks of Biden’s communications team, making it the first of its kind where all top aides tasked with speaking for a presidential administration are female.

Previously, the White House communications team was largely dominated by male voices, like most other aspects of the West Wing.

The decision to create the first all-female senior communications staff was another way Biden has decided to show the public his commitment to diversity within his administration.

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