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Biden names all-women White House comms team

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US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have prioritized diversity in their appointments and nominations so far. AFP

Biden names all-women White House comms team

US President-elect Joe Biden on November 29 announced an all-female senior White House communications team, what his office called a first in the country’s history.

Among those named was Jen Psaki, who will serve in the highly visible role of White House press secretary.

Psaki, 41, has held a number of senior positions, including White House communications director for the Barack Obama-Biden administration.

Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris have sought to emphasise diversity in their announced appointments and nominations so far ahead of their January 20 swearing-in.

Biden said in a statement: “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.”

In addition to Psaki, six other appointments were announced.

They include Kate Bedingfield, who was Biden’s deputy campaign manager, as White House communications director.

Bedingfield had also served as Biden’s communications director when he was vice-president.

Other appointees include Ashley Etienne as communications director for Harris and Symone Sanders as Harris’s senior adviser and chief spokeswoman.

Pili Tobar was named deputy White House communications director and Karine Jean Pierre will be principal deputy press secretary.

Elizabeth Alexander was named communications director for incoming First Lady Jill Biden.

The appointments do not require Senate confirmation unlike most cabinet-level positions.

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