Why is Jen Psaki leaving the White House?
- Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary will depart her role soon
- Karine Jean-Pierre will take over her role
- Psaki talks about why she is leaving and future plans
Family and net worth
“I’m leaving because I have two children, ages four and six. They are the most significant individuals in my life. And, having previously worked in the White House, my husband and I both understood that this was not a job I could do indefinitely,” Psaki revealed to Fox News.
“No matter where you are in your life, it is a big honor to do it,” she concluded. “However, I don’t want to miss activities with my kids, such as soccer practices, ballet performances, or anything else.”
Psaki said she has been careful to tread the ethical line as she transitions from representing the White House to become a member of the news media in preparation for her next career chapter.
On May 8, 2010, Psaki married Greg Mecher, a Democratic political adviser and then-chief of staff to Congressman Steve Driehaus. Mecher then became the head of staff of Congressman Joe Kennedy.
She currently owns seven properties worth $30.65 million. Jen is also set to earn up to $14 million with MSNBC in the future, thus increasing her net worth dramatically.
Journey at the White House
“The policy individuals I work with and the specialists,” are the reasons Psaki enjoyed her White House job the most, she revealed in the interview.
“However, a lot of it has to do with the journalists I engage with and the manner they ask questions and what they’re asking about,” she elaborated.
One of Psaki's regular sparring partners at her daily press briefings, Fox News' Peter Doocy, told the press secretary on Thursday that he was "sad to see you depart."
Her colleague, Karine Jean-Pierre, will take over as press secretary later this month.“Of course, it’s challenging,” Psaki acknowledged. “I’ve never had a better job than this. Perhaps the best job I’ll ever have. I’m not sure. And it has exceeded my expectations in so many ways, including teaching me something new every day.”
Psaki stated that she would remain on for a year in 2021 because she did not want to "skip moments" with her children, but that she had "flexibility."
Biden - the family man
In a 2014 memo, then vice-president Joe Biden had stated that employees who work for him prioritise their families.
“I do not expect or want any of you to miss or sacrifice crucial family obligations for work,” according to an email dated November 7, 2014. “Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, religious rituals such as first communions and bar mitzvahs, graduations, and times of need such as illness or death in the family are all examples of family duties. This is quite significant to me.”