US: Joe Biden names all women White House communications team

For the first time in the political history of the United States, the senior White House communications team will be entirely female as President-elect Joe Biden has named a seven-member all-women team to lead the White House communications war room. It will be led by Biden’s campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris hailed the development and called the announcement “barrier-shattering”.

“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.

“…These communications professionals express our commitment to building a White House that reflects the very best of our nation,” said Kamala Harris.

Jen Psaki, who has been chosen for the role of White House Press Secretary, currently oversees the confirmations team for the Biden-Harris Transition.”Honored to work again for Joe Biden, a man I worked on behalf of during the Obama-Biden Admin as he helped lead the economic recovery, rebuilt our relationships with partners (turns out good practice) and injected empathy and humanity into nearly every meeting I sat in,” Psaki tweeted.

The new hires are Elizabeth E. Alexander, Communications Director for the First Lady, Kate Bedingfield, White House Communications Director, Ashley Etienne, Communications Director for the Vice President, Karine Jean Pierre, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson for the Vice President and Pili Tobar, Deputy White House Communications Director.

Four of the seven-member team announced Sunday are women of colour. The latest hires stay true to Biden’s early promise to build a diverse White House team that looks like multicultural America.

“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden said in a statement.

“Our country is facing unprecedented challenges ? from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice. To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will help us do that,” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said as a relatively quiet four day Thanksgiving week lull drew to a close.

(With agency inputs)

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