The End Of Psaki Draws A Lot Of Questions

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 10 May 2021 00:15

Press Secretary Jen Psaki unveiled Thursday that she will presumably leave her current position at the White House in "about a year."

Psaki made the prediction while speaking with former Obama official David Axelrod for his podcast "The Axe Files."

"You said at the beginning that you didn't expect to be in this job forever, for four years and so on. Is that still your thought that at some point you're going to step away now?" Axelrod questioned.

"I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now or about a year from now," Psaki answered.

"I mean, when I talked to the inner circle of the Biden orbit about this, we talked about coming in and doing this job for a year, which was quite appealing to me for many reasons," Psaki went on. "One, this is, what a moment in history. Right. To be a part of. It's always true in the White House. But I think following Trump, especially if you can take the temperature down a little bit, that's a cool thing to be a part of."

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White House positions typically see high turnover rates-- President Trump cycled through four press secretaries in four years.

Psaki mentioned her young children as a cause for leaving.

"I have little kids and I don't want to miss time with them. And, you know, my daughter is going into kindergarten. I have a lot of years with her, but she's kind of a magical unicorn. And I don't want to miss moments. I don't want to miss things," the press secretary said.

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Before taking the top role in the White House press shop, Psaki worked as deputy press secretary under President Obama in 2009, deputy communications director from 2009 to 2011 and spokesperson for the Department of State from 2013 to 2015 and as communications director from 2015 to 2017. From 2017 to 2020, she was a CNN contributor.

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Psaki never envisioned herself returning to the White House after her stint in the Obama administration, according to the podcast.

Meanwhile, former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered her response to remarks made by her successor, current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, about checking President Biden from taking unprepared questions from reporters.

"That is not something we recommend," Psaki said in the podcast published Thursday. "In fact, a lot of times, we say, ‘Don’t take questions,' you know? But he's going to do what he's going to do."

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