White House press secretary Jen Psaki is leaving her role for a new position with MSNBC. Psaki is expected to leave the White House around May.
The Hill reports:
The news comes after speculation over whether the press secretary was looking for a job at MSNBC or CNN and while Psaki has been out of the briefing room this week with COVID-19.
Deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has also been out with COVID-19 and White House communications director Kate Bedingfield has held most of the briefings, which was been an opportunity to effectively audition for the post.
Psaki has worked with the White House counsel’s office about her departure and no contracts have been signed yet, Axios reported. Additionally, she has talked to senior officials about the move but has not formally announced it to the press team.
Psaki was asked at a briefing last month if she could confirm she was looking for a job at CNN or MSNBC and she indicated she is not ready to leave the podium yet.