White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not appear at her regularly scheduled press briefing yesterday and did not travel with President Joe Biden on Wednesday following the announcement of new mask mandate requirements.
The White House did not mention Psaki’s absence during Thursday’s daily press briefing led instead by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Psaki’s absence has led to a mystery regarding her whereabouts, especially as the White House has chosen not to announce members who have tested positive for COVID-19 following several cases among Texas Democrats who recently traveled to Washington.
In May, she told former Obama administration colleague David Axelrod, the current press secretary explained, “I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now or about a year from now,” according to The Wrap.
Psaki emphasized her need to spend time with her two young children, saying, “I don’t want to miss moments. I don’t want to miss things and I’m very mindful of that as well.”
The press secretary previously served as White House deputy press secretary during the Obama administration and as White House deputy communications director. Psaki also worked in the Department of State during Obama’s second term before serving as a CNN contributor.
Psaki’s role in the White House is a powerful one. Even missing one day, her absence has led to many questions.