White House – Biden appoints all-female communications team

Jen Psaki will serve as White House press secretary while Kate Bedingfield has been appointed White House communications director.

Jen Psaki will occupy the high profile White House press secretary post.

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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.

Among those nominated is Jen Psaki, who will occupy the high profile post of White House press secretary. Jen Psaki, 41, has held several senior positions, including that of White House communications director under the Obama-Biden administration.

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,” Joe 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.”

No confirmation in the Senate

In addition to Jen Psaki, six other women were named. Among them, Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, has been appointed White House communications director. Kate 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 future First Lady Jill Biden.

These appointments do not require Senate confirmation, unlike most cabinet positions.

AFP/NXP

Posted today at 02:00

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