Karine Jean-Pierre made history on Monday when she held her first official press conference as the White House Press Secretary as the first black and foreign LGBTQ person to enter a of the most visible roles in government. And she didn’t hold back as she introduced herself to the media gathered in the briefing room. “I am a black, gay, immigrant woman. Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday.
“Queen Karine” continued, “If it weren’t for the many generations of fence breakers before me, I wouldn’t be here. But I benefited from their sacrifice, I learned from their excellence, and I am forever grateful to them. “Representation is important – you hear us say this often in this administration, and no one understands this better than President Biden,” Jean-Pierre said.
Jean-Pierre has faced the room before, as Deputy Press Secretary to former Press Secretary Jen Psaki. She made brief introductions to reporters from the podium, but she usually spends her time off-camera on Air Force One. Last May, she became the second Black woman in history to hold a daily press conference.
On the day the Biden campaign announced the addition of Karine Jean-Pierre, I said she should be the WH press secretary for #BidenAdministration & so I’m clearly a political geek, @MSNBC @K_JeanPierre #WednesdayWisdom
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Jean-Pierre has served on the White House senior communications team since President Biden took office, and before that was an adviser to his campaign and chief of staff to current Vice President Kamala Harris. Jean-Pierre has traveled with the President several times, including when she replaced Psaki at the last minute on Biden’s four-day tour of Europe amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after Psaki tested positive. with Covid-19.
Hear from the upcoming White House Press Secretary herself before she steps into her groundbreaking new role! Karine Jean-Pierre will help give VOICE to the voiceless and show the world that we can achieve anything!
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Watch Karine Jean-Pierre’s first full press conference below.
https://hillreporter.com/watch-karine-jean-pierre-holds-first-briefing-as-white-house-press-secretary-131622 [WATCH] Karine Jean-Pierre Holds First Briefing as White House Press Secretary