WASHINGTON | United States President-elect Joe Biden announced on Sunday the composition of his White House communications team, which will be all-female, what his entourage called the first in the country’s history.
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Among those nominated is Jen Psaki, who will occupy the high profile post of White House press secretary.
Mme Psaki, 41, has held several senior positions, including that of White House communications director under the Obama-Biden administration.
“Honored to work again for @JoeBiden, a man I worked for under the Obama-Biden administration when he helped lead the economic recovery, is rebuilding our relationship with our partners (which is proving to be a good practice ) and brought empathy and humanity to almost every meeting I have attended, ”responded Mr.me Psaki sur Twitter.
Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are looking to emphasize diversity in the appointments announced so far, before they are sworn in on Jan.20.
“I am proud to present, today, the first communications team for the White House composed exclusively of women,” Biden said in a statement.
“These skilled and experienced communication professionals bring varied perspectives to their work and share the same commitment to rebuilding this country.”
In addition to Mme Psaki, six other women were appointed.
Among them, Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Mr. Biden, has been appointed communications director for the White House.
Mme Bedingfield previously served as Biden’s communications director while he was vice president.
Ashley Etienne will become Kamala Harris’ communications director and Symone Sanders is propelled as advisor and spokesperson for the vice president.
Pili Tobar has been appointed deputy director of communications for the White House and Karine Jean Pierre, deputy press secretary.
Elizabeth Alexander will be the communications director for the future first lady, Jill Biden.
These appointments do not require Senate confirmation, unlike most cabinet positions.
Other appointments should be made during the week. According to New York Times, they will include that of Cecilia Rouse at the head of the President’s Circle of Economic Advisers, the first black woman to hold this position.
Neera Tanden would take charge of the Bureau of Management and Budget, the first American Indian in this position.
This follows the expected appointment of Janet Yellen, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, the US central bank, to become the first female secretary of the Treasury, if confirmed by the Senate.