Pentagon press secretary John Kirby is joining the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter, adding star power to President Joe Biden’s National Security Council.
Kirby, who also served as the main spokesperson for the Pentagon and State Department during the Obama administration, is expected to take charge of strategic communications for the NSC as the West Wing navigates a series of policy challenges. foreign affairs, from the Russian invasion of Ukraine to North Korea’s nuclear program. Kirby has been a staple of cable news, especially during the Ukraine crisis, and is well-regarded in the administration for seeming to handle even the most vexing foreign policy issues with ease.
The person familiar with the matter confirmed Kirby’s move to the White House on condition of anonymity before it was publicly announced. The Washington Post first reported on Kirby’s change.
The NSC under Biden previously had no one in a dedicated high-level strategic communications role.
Kirby is expected to work closely with new press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, including making occasional appearances in the White House briefing room, the person said. He was reportedly one of the contenders to replace former White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
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