Where is Jen Psaki today?
9th November 2021

WHITE House press secretary Jen Psaki is staying busy until she leaves her job in 2022.

Psaki, who is 42, is the 34th White House press secretary.

Where is Jen Psaki today?

It is assumed that Psaki is still quarantining. On November 1, Psaki tested positive for Covid-19.

At the time, Psaki had planned to travel with the president but scrapped the trip just as he was set to depart for Europe after learning that members of her household had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” Psaki said in a statement. “However, today, I tested positive for COVID.”

Psaki, who is fully vaccinated, said she was only exhibiting mild symptoms.

“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” Psaki said.

On November 6, Psaki took to Twitter to congratulate the administration's achievement after a $1.2trillion infrastructure package passed congress.

"Proof that delivering for the American people is worth all the painful sausage making. Clean drinking water for kids, broadband access, electric vehicles, biggest investment in public transit. It’s happening," Psaki said, adding that there is "more to come."

Jen Psaki timeline

  • May 6: Jen Psaki has confirmed that she intends to leave the White House next year.
  • May 7: Jen Psaki awkwardly sparred with a reporter as she was pushed to comment on claims that the Biden administration is “Obama’s third term.”
  • May 7: Psaki has admitted she tells Joe Biden not to answer questions from journalists outside press briefings, claiming it's "not something we recommend."
  • June 4: In a press briefing, Psaki announced that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development projected the US economy to grow by nearly seven percent.
  • June 4: On behalf of the White House, Psaki downplayed the possibility of a fourth stimulus check, even as dozens of lawmakers push for more relief.
  • June 10: Psaki accompanies Biden to the G7 Summit, his first trip abroad as president.
  • Nov 1: Psaki tests positive for Covid-19.
  • Nov 6: Psaki congratulates the administration on Twitter for passing a $1.2trillion infrastructure package.

How long has Jen Psaki worked in the White House?

Connecticut native Jen Psaki graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in english and sociology in 2000.

She began her career in the early 2000s, working on the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin for the Senate and Tom Vilsack for governor in 2001.

In 2004, Psaki became deputy press secretary for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, before serving as communications director to Congressman Joseph Crowley the following year.

She also acted as press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee until 2006.

Psaki worked in Barack Obama's administration but briefly left in 2011 to work as the senior vice president and managing director at the Global Strategy Group.

She left the White House in 2017 to become a CNN contributor before President Joe Biden selected her as his press secretary.

Is Jen Psaki leaving the White House?

In May 2021, Psaki confirmed she intended on leaving the White House in 2022.

Speaking on The Axe Files podcast, Psaki said: “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."

The communications expert told CNN's David Axelrod the Biden administration was made aware of this beforehand.

She took over the post from Donald Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who has since become a vocal critic of Psaki's boss.

However, Psaki hit back during the interview, comparing the Trump transition period to Game of Thrones, something she said “we’re still in recovery from [it].”

During the lively interview, Psaki also addressed Biden fielding questions from journalists and admitted “that is not something we recommend.” 

Speaking about the president's access to press corps, Psaki said: “In fact, a lot of times we say ‘Don’t take questions,’ you know, but he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president.”

“We’re never going to satisfy the White House press corps and their desires for access. And I think there have been mistakes made in the past of trying to do that.”

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