Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January, Jen Psaki has emerged as one of the leading faces for the administration due to her straightforward responses to reporters during her near-daily briefings.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she plans to leave the role next year to spend more time with her family.
“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 said in an interview with CNN’s David Axelrod, her former colleague in the Obama administration, on Thursday.
Psaki, who delivers regular press briefings as the public face of President Joe Biden’s administration, said she wanted to be able to spend more time with her two young children.
“I don’t want to miss moments. I don’t want to miss things, and I’m very mindful of that as well. It’s a great job! It will be hard, but I also never thought I’d be here, and I also love my kids a lot,” she said.
Her blunt answering style has also been referred to, both affectionately and not-so-fondly, as “Psaki Bombs” across social media.
“What a moment in history to be a part of,” Psaki said to Axelrod of her tenure. “It’s always true in the White House, but following Trump, if you can take the temperature down a little bit, that’s a cool thing to be a part of.”
Psaki went on to say that while she loves her job, she hopes to spend more time with her two young children once her time in the White House is up.
Psaki told Axelrod that she had accepted the job after agreeing with Biden’s transition team that she would serve in the role for about a year, which would mean her leaving the post in January.
“When I talked to the inner circle of the Biden orbit, we talked about coming in and doing this job for a year, which was quite appealing to me for many reasons,” she said.
“One: What a moment in history to be a part of. It’s always true in the White House, but following Trump, if you can take the temperature down a little bit, that’s a cool thing to be a part of.”