Pentagon spokesman Kirby moves to White House in senior communications role

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby will move to the White House in a senior communications role, according to two people familiar with the personnel transfer.

Kirby’s move to the White House comes after Karine Jean-Pierre took over as White House press secretary from Jen Psaki, who left the administration last week. Kirby met President Biden at the White House the day after he offered Jean-Pierre the position of press secretary.

Karine Jean-Pierre to replace outgoing Jen Psaki at the White House

Kirby’s exact title and role remain unclear. Some in the White House said Kirby would make regular appearances at the daily press briefing, while others said he would not share duties with Jean-Pierre and would only appear alongside him.

On May 16, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said “representation matters” during her historic first briefing in the role. (Video: The Washington Post)

Kirby is expected to be heavily involved in White House communications, including working closely with the National Security Council.

Kirby, who has served as the Defense Department’s top spokesman since the administration began, has impressed White House officials with his briefings, particularly in recent months as Russia invaded Ukraine.

The White House declined to comment, and Kirby did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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