PSAKI leaves the White House for MSNBC
(The Hill) – White House press secretary Jen Psaki will quit her job for MSNBC this spring, two sources familiar with the deal told The Hill.
Psaki’s upcoming departure was first reported by Axios on Friday, with sources confirming it to The Hill. PSAKI will leave the White House for the network around May, according to Axios.
The news follows speculation over whether the publicist was seeking employment at MSNBC or CNN and while Psaki has been absent from the briefing room this week with COVID-19.
Assistant press officer Karine Jean-Pierre also came out with COVID-19. White House communications director Kate Bedingfield held most of the briefings, which was seen as an opportunity to effectively audition for the job.
PSAKI has been working with the White House Counsel’s Office regarding his departure and no contract has yet been signed, Axios reported. Additionally, she spoke to senior officials about the decision but did not officially announce it to the press team.
Psaki was asked at a briefing last month if she could confirm if she was looking for a new job, but she indicated at the time that she was not yet ready to leave the podium.
“I have more than enough on my plate here. So you can’t get rid of me yet. Sorry Peter for you on that,” she replied to Fox News’ Peter Doocy.
The White House did not immediately respond to Hill for comment.
PSAki wouldn’t be the first official to leave the White House for MSNBC. Symone Sanders, a former spokeswoman for Vice President Harris, was hired by MSNBC in January as the host of a new weekend program.
Amie Parnes and Dominick Mastrangelo contributed reporting.
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