President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced on Sunday that they have selected an all-female communications team, the first time in history that the senior communications roles in the White House will be filled entirely by women, including former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki as press secretary.
“I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better,” Biden said in a statement. These seven women, several of whom are women of color, will occupy some of the most visible roles in the administration. Mr Biden has promised to build a diverse administration that reflects the country.
Harris, who will make history as the country’s first female vice president, described the newly-announced team as “experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering.” The team will be led by Kate Bedingfield, former deputy campaign communications director for Mr Biden.
The seven women have a great deal of experience in Washington and close ties to Biden.
The incoming Biden administration plans to bring back the daily press briefing, which the Trump White House did away with amid a contentious relationship with the media. At one point, the Trump administration went more than a year without a formal press briefing.