White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon Thursday after making headlines earlier in the day. In an interview with David Axelrod, with whom she worked during the Obama administration, Psaki revealed that she plans to step down from her position “in a year from now or about a year from now.”
Speaking with Lemon, Psaki reiterated what she’d told Axelrod, that this has always been the plan, but she also revealed the two very good reasons why.
“This was something I told colleagues and friends, and in my discussions with the amazing people in the Biden orbit, was part of the discussion early on. I'm so honored to serve this president, and at this moment in history to be a small part of rebuilding trust in government,” Psaki said. “But I also have two little kids who are preschoolers, and I know a lot of moms who watch your show who understand that. I don't want to miss a lot of moments.”
Psaki is incredibly popular with the White House Press Corps, for the most part, and has gained some fans among the American people as well.
Jen Psaki is the closest we've ever had to The West Wing's CJ Gregg, so I am bummed.
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) May 7, 2021
Jen Psaki Reveals She Plans to Step Down as Biden Press Secretary Next Year https://t.co/AcHGPs7nCq via @mediaite
— Dr. Cole McKinnon (@DrMcKinn) May 6, 2021
But Psaki made it clear that when she feels it’s time to go, she’ll go.
“I’ve also had the honor of serving not just this president, but a president in the past,” Psaki said. “I think at a certain point it's time to have other people serve in these jobs and roles, and have this front seat to history. And I’m hopeful that part of what I can do in this job is help build that up and help give people opportunity, and lift up some new voices and faces.”
CNN Tonight With Don Lemonairs weeknights at 10 p.m. on CNN.
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