Jen Psaki will become Biden's press secretary: why she is hated in Russia
US President-elect Joe Biden appoints only women as chiefs of his communications press office. This is the first time in the history of the country. How it happened and who will lead Biden's team, the publication said with the BBC.
The team will be led by Keith Bedingfield, Biden's former associate director of communications.
Jen Psaki, 41, who was President Barack Obama's White House communications chief, will become Biden's press secretary.
Attacks from Russia
Psaki is known both in Ukraine and in Russia. She was the voice of the US administration during the turbulent years 2014-2015 - the times of Russia's annexation of Crimea and the hot phase of the war in Donbass.
She made loud and unambiguous statements in support of Ukraine, and the Russian media severely criticized Ms. Psaki.
She stated that Russia is using gas as a political weapon, deploying troops to Ukraine and breaking the ceasefire in February 2015.
In fact, it was Jen Psaki who voiced criticism of Russia's actions towards Ukraine from the United States.
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Psaki has been the subject of ridicule, jokes and insults from Russian leaders and state media journalists.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin published a video of her performances, pointing out that "The Psaki Show lacks offscreen laughter."
Journalist Dmitry Kiselev coined the word "Psaking" - ostensibly to denote the unverified statements of the Americans. This happened after another comment by Psaki about Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine.
Jen Psaki herself has repeatedly commented on the insults in her direction from Russian officials and called it propaganda.
She said that it is not appropriate for a country as large as Russia to organize false attacks on representatives of the US administration.
She associated these attacks with the position regarding Russia's actions in Ukraine.
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The 58-year-old Anthony Blinken will become the US Secretary of State under the newly elected President Joe Biden, who will recently declare that it is time to arm Ukraine.
All Biden women
Biden has pledged to create an administration that reflects the country's diverse makeup.
“I am proud to announce today the first all-female White House communications team,” Biden said.
“These skilled, experienced communicators bring a different perspective with their work and a shared commitment to rebuilding this country,” he added.
Simon Sanders and Ashley Etienne will be the two top press assistants to newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris.
Unlike government offices, the press office does not require Senate approval.
Joe Biden is due to be sworn in as president on January 20.
On Monday, November 30, he will hold his first daily secret intelligence briefing. This became possible thanks to the beginning of the transfer of power to the new president.
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