Karine Jean-Pierre is set to become the White House Press Secretary for the Biden Administration, replacing Jen Psaki who will depart from her position by next week. 

The passing of the torch was confirmed by President Joe Biden earlier today, which adds another achievement to his resume as President, of appointing a Black official to a position for the first time in the history of that particular administration role. In this case, the first Black and first member of the LGBTQ community to become press secretary. 

In a statement, the President credited Psaki for giving the White House Breifing Room the standard professionalism that is expected from a press secretary, and expressed his excitement to have Karine come aboard to the team. 

"Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people," Biden said in a statement, also stating that "Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room."

Karine Jean-Pierre, 44, says that she's aware how much of a monumental move this is for the country, adding that it's an honor and privilage to be given this historic opportunity. 

"I am still processing it because, as Jen said, at the top this is a historic moment and it's not lost on me. I understand how important it is for so many people out there. So many different communities that I stand on their shoulders," Jean-Pierre said. 

"It is an honor and a privilege to be behind this podium." she added. 

Psaki spoke to reporters at the White House, expressing her excitement over the incredble and historic milestone Jean-Pierre has reached by taking over this role in the administration. 

"I just want to take the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate my friend, my colleague, my partner in truth, Karine Jean-Pierre, the next White House press secretary," Psaki told reporters. "She will be the first black woman, the first out LGBTQ+ person to serve in this role, which is amazing because representation matters and she is going to, she will give a voice to so many and allow and show so many what is truly possible when you work hard, and dream big and that matters, and … we should celebrate that." she added. 

Psaki emphasized Jean-Pierre's unique style and brilliance as a reason why she is excited to see her take charge behind the press secretary podium. 

"I just can't wait to see her shine at the podium. So congratulations, and I can't wait to see you bring your own style, and brilliance, to this job, " Psaki stated.

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