Jean-Pierre to be 1st black female White House press secretary

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U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will be succeeded by Karine Jean-Pierre, currently deputy press secretary, making her the first black woman to serve in the high-profile post.

Psaki has served as press secretary since Biden took office in January last year, carrying out daily briefings to the press. She will depart from the White House on May 13.

Psaki, also a former State Department spokeswoman, had expressed her intention to leave the job in about a year.

Jean-Pierre has been principal deputy press secretary from the start of the Biden administration. She was a senior adviser to Biden for his presidential election campaign.

According to U.S. media, she is a lesbian. She will also become the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the role of press secretary, according to the White House.