Analysis: Jen Psaki signs off as White House press secretary: 'Thank you for making me better'

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New York (CNN Business)Jen Psaki held her 224th and last briefing arsenic White House property caput connected Friday afternoon.

Psaki thanked property bureau colleagues and members of the media, telling the reporters, "You person challenged me, you person pushed me, you person debated me, and astatine times we person disagreed. That is ideology successful action. That is it working."

"Thank you for what you do," she added. "Thank you for making maine better. And astir importantly, convey you for the enactment each time you bash to marque this state stronger."

    Psaki's successor, Karine Jean-Pierre, confirmed connected Friday that she volition proceed to clasp regular briefings.

      Embedded successful their remarks connected Friday is simply a stark quality betwixt presidents and parties. In astir 16 months moving connected behalf of President Joe Biden, Psaki held a greater fig of briefings than each of President Donald Trump's property secretaries combined. The Trump-era full was 205, according to Martha Joynt Kumar, manager of the White House Transition Project. Kumar counted 58 briefings by Sean Spicer, 107 by Sarah Sanders, zero by Stephanie Grisham, and 40 by Kayleigh McEnany during a four-year period.

      "Psaki has restored honor, dignity and people to the White House briefing country aft 4 years of Donald Trump property secretaries, who seemed much funny successful picking fights and criticizing the media than efficaciously communicating that administration's policies and agenda," Poynter's Tom Jones wrote successful a file astir her departure.

      Of course, Trump's spokespeople were doing what helium wanted. And Psaki was doing what Biden wanted -— restoring a pre-Trump consciousness of normal. "She came successful committed to holding regular briefings — and gaggles if they were connected the road," Kumar said. "When you number workdays without weekends and holidays, they held briefing sessions 91% of the days."

        How Psaki excelled

        Conservatives (some of whom watched Psaki's briefings unrecorded connected Fox) criticized Psaki for dodging questions. Liberals celebrated her for neutralizing loaded questions (including immoderate asked by Fox) and defending Biden's agenda. White House reporters appreciated her accessibility, though it didn't marque up for Biden's comparative deficiency of property conferences and interviews.

        Washington Post media professional Erik Wemple tallied the fig of appearances that Psaki made arsenic property caput connected assorted networks and said "what sticks retired present is the evenhanded attraction among networks, peculiarly Fox News." On Fox past Sunday, Psaki said her nonsubjective has been "speaking to the nationalist and surely engaging successful and valuing a escaped press."

        Kumar, a regular beingness successful the briefing room, told maine Psaki excelled arsenic a briefer "because she came successful good prepared for the job."

        "Perhaps her astir important experiences were: 1) serving arsenic State Department spokesperson and 2) learning the rhythms of a White House during the Obama years," Kumar said. "She learned successful those years to perceive to reporters arsenic an aboriginal informing strategy for governmental and argumentation occupation the White House squad whitethorn not person spotted."

        "She besides learned to deliberation similar a newsman arsenic she prepared for the briefing," Kumar added. "In the State Department, she learned the resonance of connection and the value of each connection erstwhile you are speaking for the president."

        How volition the relation change?

        Now Psaki is heading to TV land, specifically MSNBC — though, as I reported connected past Sunday's "Reliable Sources," she hasn't signed immoderate woody yet, and she won't beryllium starting immoderate caller relation until the fall. Insider's Claire Atkinson described the role-in-waiting arsenic a "global presumption that has her appearing connected NBC News' MSNBC and the company's streaming work Peacock."

        Her successor Jean-Pierre is simply a earthy acceptable down the White House podium, since she has filled successful for Psaki connected aggregate occasions. But KJP (as she is known among White House reporters and connected Twitter) is taking connected the property caput relation astatine a precise absorbing time. Biden is shifting his connection toward the GOP and the "ultra-MAGA" movement. He is becoming overmuch much overtly governmental arsenic the midterms travel into focus. Jean-Pierre, who is already the taxable of blimpish disapproval for past tweets, volition beryllium beforehand and center.

          Psaki said Friday that Jean-Pierre volition bring "her ain magic, her ain brilliance, her benignant to this briefing room."

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