Politico Claims White House Aides Are Sabotaging Karine Jean-Pierre's Chances of Replacing Jen Psaki
Added 05-15-21 03:34:02pm EST - “Politico Claims that White House Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is being sabotaged by aides trying to prevent her from succeeding current Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki touched off heated speculation…” - Mediaite.com
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Politico Claims that White House Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is being sabotaged by aides trying to prevent her from succeeding current Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Psaki touched off heated speculation when she told David Axelrod, last week, that she had always envisioned serving in the role for roughly a year, and that “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.”
And so it was that Politico’s West Wing Playbook newsletter published an item gaming out potential Psaki psuccessors that included a detail that’s disturbing on a number of levels, if true. The piece claims that multiple administration aides have been “flagging” negative moments for months:
As the principal deputy press secretary, KARINE JEAN-PIERRE is seen internally and externally as next in line. That’s one reason some White House and administration aides have been flagging Jean-Pierre’s slip-ups to us over the first few months, like when she declared that the White House supported Ukraine’s admittance into NATO. (The transcript later included a strike-through of that part of her answer). Some of those same aides were also critical of Jean-Pierre’s TV hits during the campaign when she transitioned from being a pundit to a spokesperson for Biden.
Psaki told the newsletter that Jean-Pierre is an “invaluable partner” who will be taking the podium for the first time in the near future, and that “That’s what we are focused on in the press office — not overeager background sniping. But as I have told the team, they are not getting rid of me for a long while.”
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