Press secretary Jen Psaki is planning to leave the White House for an on-air role at MSNBC, several US websites reported, quoting sources.
The talks are reportedly in the advanced stages and Psaki is yet to officially sign a contract with the network, Axios reported.
She will reportedly be leaving the White House in May and will be hosting a show for NBC’s streaming platform Peacock. She is also in talks to appear on MSNBC’s shows.
In an email to CNBC, a White House official said, “We don’t have anything to confirm about Jen’s length of planned service or any consideration about future plans.”
“Jen is here and working hard every day on behalf of the President to get you the answers to the questions that you have, and that’s where her focus is.”
The rumours about her looking for a job at MSNBC or CNN have been doing the round for a while now.
When asked about the same at a press briefing last month, she indicated that she was not ready to leave the podium yet.
“I have more than enough on my plate here. So you can’t get rid of me quite yet. Sorry, Peter, for you on that,” she had said.
If the reports are true, Psaki will not be the first official to leave the White House for MSNBC.
Symone Sanders, the former spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, was joined the network in January as a host for a new weekend program.
Meanwhile, Psaki has been out of the briefing room with COVID-19.
“Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to CDC guidance and no longer be traveling on the President’s trip to Europe,” Psaki wrote on Twitter on March 23.