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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (REUTERS)Premium
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (REUTERS)

Former Barack Obama administration's State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki will be the White House press secretary. Biden's communications team will be led by Kate Bedingfield, who will serve as the White House Communications Director.

US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed an all-female White House communications team, choosing former Barack Obama administration's State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki as his White House press secretary, Biden-Harris's transition team made the announcement on Sunday.

"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.

Jen Psaki, 41, who has been chosen for the role of White House Press Secretary, currently oversees the confirmations team for the Biden-Harris Transition.

"Honored to work again for Joe Biden, a man I worked on behalf of during the Obama-Biden Admin as he helped lead the economic recovery, rebuilt our relationships with partners (turns out good practice) and injected empathy and humanity into nearly every meeting I sat in," Psaki tweeted.

During the Obama-Biden administration, Psaki held several senior roles, including White House Communications Director and State Department Spokesperson under then-Secretary of State John Kerry. In addition to Psaki, six other appointments were announced.

Biden's communications team will be led by Kate Bedingfield, who will serve as the White House Communications Director. Bedingfield has served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for the Biden-Harris Campaign.

Bedingfield took to twitter to express her gratitude saying I’m unspeakably proud to have the opportunity to serve as White House Communications Director for @joebide

She has served as Communications Director for Vice President Biden and as Associate Communications Director, Deputy Director of Media Affairs, and the Director of Response in the Obama-Biden White House.

Other appointees include Ashley Etienne as communications director for Harris and Symone Sanders as Harris's senior advisor and chief spokeswoman.

Pili Tobar was named deputy White House communications director and Karine Jean Pierre will be principal deputy press secretary. Elizabeth Alexander was named communications director for incoming First Lady Jill Biden. The appointments do not require Senate confirmation unlike most cabinet-level positions.

About the team, Psaki said, this is a team of some of the most talented, battle-tested communicators.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have sought to emphasize diversity in their appointments and nominations so far ahead of their January 20 swearing-in.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said, these communications professionals express our commitment to building a White House that reflects the very best of our nation.

Although election officials in battleground states have already certified Biden's victory, however, US President Donald Trump continues to question the legitimacy of his win, accusing fraud and impropriety in the elections.

Moreover, Trump has sought recounts in several states. Besides, lawsuits have been filed in states and federal courts, saying only legal votes should be counted and illegal votes should be discarded.

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