Joe Biden announces all-female senior press team


US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed an all-female senior press team, in what his office claims is a first in the country's history.


The team will be led by Kate Bedingfield, former deputy campaign communications director for Mr Biden.


Bedingfield previously worked at the Motion Picture Association of America, where she was the vice president of corporate communications.She was also the spokeswoman for John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and the communications director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's 2008 Senate campaign in New Hampshire.


Jen Psaki, who was President Barack Obama's White House communications director, will be press secretary.


"I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better," Biden said in a statement.


Karine Jean-Pierre, a senior adviser on the Biden campaign who later served as chief of staff to Harris, will serve as principal deputy press secretary.


Jean-Pierre worked for Obama's and Martin O'Malley's presidential campaigns and served as a political analyst for NBC and MSNBC. She was chief public affairs officer at MoveOn.org and managed the campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Initiative


Symone Sanders, a senior Biden adviser on the campaign, will serve as a senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president. Ashley Etienne, a senior adviser on the Biden campaign, will serve as communications director for the vice president.


Following his election win, Mr Biden has been unveiling his first choices for top cabinet positions.


Last week, he said his selection is "a team that reflects the fact that America is back". He added that his team would keep the country "safe and secure" while leading the world.


Harris, who will be the first female vice president, described the newly-announced team as "experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering."


"Our country is facing unprecedented challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice.


"To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will help us do that. These communications professionals express our commitment to building a White House that reflects the very best of our nation," Harris said.


Biden is set to receive the first presidential daily briefing, a top secret intelligence brief on Monday. It was made possible by the announcement a week ago that the transition process had begun.

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