“Learned a lot”: Psaki talks about her “journey” in U.S. politics

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Psaki will step down as Biden’s press secretary within a year.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed that she has learned a lot during her political career and labeled herself a “victim of Russian propaganda.” She also announced her intention to leave her post “in about a year.” According to Psaki, the term of service was predetermined – she was to represent President Joe Biden for a year.

White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki said she “never imagined she would end up in her position.” According to her, her years at the U.S. State Department and in the president’s office have been a “real journey.” She said this on a podcast by former Obama team chief political strategist David Axelrod.

In doing so, Psaki said that while still working as a State Department spokeswoman in Barack Obama’s administration, she allegedly came under fire for “Russian propaganda.”

“As you said, I worked at the State Department, and I learned a lot about foreign, international policy issues. I became a victim of Russian propaganda and I came face to face with Fox News, a channel that is sympathetic to Republicans,” she claimed.

Psaki added that she could be replaced as White House press secretary next year. She noted that the term of office was negotiated during Joe Biden’s campaign and was scheduled to be one year.

Psaki noted that she “likes the challenge and responsibility of her job.” She also revealed that she discourages Biden from speaking to reporters outside of official press conferences.

“Often we say, ‘Don’t answer questions,'” she said. At the same time, Psaki acknowledged that Biden enjoys talking to the press.

After working at the State Department, Psaki was named communications director for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration in the spring of 2015. According to the politician, finding a replacement for her was almost unrealistic.

“She worked on two of my election campaigns, she worked at the White House and traveled the world as an adviser to the secretary of state. I trust Jen completely, and I was thrilled that she agreed to work in the administration as head of communications,” Obama noted in his memoir.

And in late November of last year, Joe Biden announced that Psaki would take over as White House press secretary in his then potential administration.

Jen Psaki is known for her criticism of Russia, controversial statements and “bloopers. For example, in 2014, she spoke about some “electoral carousels” in referendums on the status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, but she could not explain what she meant, noting that she “just read and is not very familiar with this term.

In addition, she was confused about the direction of gas supplies between Russia and Ukraine.

“As you all know, natural gas is transported by pipeline from Western Europe through Ukraine to Russia,” Psaki stated.

At the same time, she herself has repeatedly spoken about the campaign that Moscow has allegedly launched against her. In 2014, Jen Psaki said she feared the “propaganda machine of the Russian Federation” but loved Russian culture.

“Russia is a beautiful country, beautiful people live there. It’s a country with a great culture and history. “‘Anna Karenina’ is one of my favorite books,” she said.

Russian officials and the press have indeed drawn attention to Psaki more than once precisely because of her reservations. In 2015, Alexei Pushkov, then chairman of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, said that Psaki was appointed to the State Department’s post on purpose.

“Jen Psaki played the role of an interpreter, a person who brings the State Department’s opinion in situations where it had no arguments. At first I thought she was put in to mock the media on purpose. But then I understood the intent: when there are no arguments, it is better to put a person who clearly does not know much – then what claims to it?” – the Russian MP said at the time.