One day before receiving your first briefing As president, this Monday, which shows that the transition process seems to have finally been unlocked, Joe Biden announced this Sunday the composition of his communication and press team, a technical echelon of the cabinet that would not have more repercussion if the group were not present made up entirely of women. It is the first time in the history of the US presidency that this happens. The Democratic politician has also announced the appointment of Brian Deese, who was an adviser to Barack Obama, to head the National Economic Council of the White House.
The president-elect has announced that the communication policy and relations with the press will fall on seven “diverse and experienced” women, who share with the Administration the reflection of the country's diversity. Starting with the vice president, Kamala Harris, the incorporation of women into the new Cabinet is a constant, from the head of Economy, Janet Yellen, to the head of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, or the future US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas -Greenfield.
“I am proud to announce today the White House's first senior communications team made up entirely of women. These qualified and experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to better rebuild this country, ”said the president-elect. For Vice President Harris, the appointees "express the commitment" of the new Democratic Administration to "build a White House that reflects the best of the nation."
The spokesperson will be Jen Psaki, who has served on three Democratic presidential campaigns. She was already Press Secretary during the Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017), as well as Director of Communication for the White House or spokesperson for the State Department. The new White House Communications Director will be Kate Bedingfield, who previously served as Communications Director when Biden became Vice President, with Obama; she has also been deputy director of that office or deputy director in charge of media relations.
The rest of the team will be made up of Elizabeth E. Alexander, Biden's former federal prosecutor and press secretary in Obama's early years, who will serve as Communications Director for the next first lady, Jill Biden, and Ashley Etienne, who She will serve as Harris Communications Director, having served in the same role, as well as Senior Advisor to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
The team is completed by the new Press Secretary, or Deputy Speaker, Karine Jean Pierre, Biden's senior adviser and Harris' election campaign chief of staff; Harris 'senior advisor and spokesperson Symone Sanders, who has previously worked for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign; and Pili Tobar, the new deputy director of Communications for the White House.
Following Biden's announcement, Psaki, the Administration's longest-serving, wrote on Twitter: “Honored to work again for Joe Biden, a man on whose behalf I worked during the Obama-Biden Administration, where he helped lead the recovery. economic (from the Great Recession of 2008), rebuilding our relationships with partners (which turns out to be good practice) and injecting empathy and humanity into almost every meeting I attended. "
Biden, who this Sunday sprained his ankle while playing with his dog, will receive his first briefing presidential, an office with information from the country's intelligence agencies. He will then meet with his advisers to continue advancing in the transition process, finally unlocked by the outgoing president, Donald Trump, last Monday, when ordering the General Service of the Administration (GSA, in its English acronym) the delivery of the necessary materials and funds to the Biden team.
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