White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says she'll resign next year when it's 'time for somebody else to have this job'

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"I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job..." Psaki said. Getty
  • Jen Psaki, the face of Biden's administration, says she will step down in around a year.

  • "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," she told CNN.

  • Psaki says she accepted the job after agreeing with President Biden's transition team that she would serve in the role for about a year.

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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 Biden's administration, said that she wanted to be able to more spend 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," she said.

"It's a great job, it will be hard [to leave], but I also never thought I'd be here, and I also love my kids a lot."

Psaki is a communications veteran and seasoned Democratic operative who worked on Obama's first campaign in 2008 and subsequently worked on his White House communications team as his deputy press secretary and deputy communications director.

She later became the spokesperson for the state department before returning to the White House in 2015 as Obama's communications director.

She has a long-standing relationship with President Biden from her time in the Obama administration but was nonetheless a somewhat surprising pick as the new administration's press secretary, having spent the previous four years working in a variety or media, consultancy, and academic roles.

Psaki told Axelrod that she had accepted the job after agreeing with President Biden's transition team that she would serve in the role for about a year, which would mean her leaving the post from 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."

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