Obama Picks Jen Psaki to Take Over White House Communications


President Barack Obama has picked U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki to take over as White House communications director, bringing someone with whom he has a long history back into his inner circle as other long-time aides depart.

“Jen worked on both my campaigns, she’s served in the White House and she’s traveled the world as an advisor to Secretary (John) Kerry,” Obama said in a statement.

“I fully trust Jen – and I am thrilled she’s agreed to come back to the White House,” he said.

Psaki will start in her new position on April 1 and replace Communications Director Jen Palmieri, officials said. Palmieri is expected to join former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential campaign.

Psaki served as Obama’s traveling press secretary during his 2008 presidential campaign and handled the economic portfolio as a deputy White House spokeswoman in the early years of his administration.

She later served as a deputy communications director before leaving the administration for a brief stint in the private sector.

After reprising her role as traveling spokeswoman for Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, this time riding on Air Force One, she became Kerry’s spokeswoman at the State Department.

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SOURCE: Reuters, Jeff Mason

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