Jen Psaki offered some advice to her successor as White House press secretary during her final briefing as a member of the Biden administration.
Ms Psaki became emotional on her last day at the White House before starting work as a host and analyst at MSNBC.
She will hand over to Karine Jean-Pierre, the senior deputy press secretary, who will become the first black woman and the first openly gay person to hold the position.
And she warned her successor to avoid turning into “a one-line meme”.
“It can get repetitive here at times, that’s not a criticism, you’re all doing your job. But, in the age of social media, always provide the context and all the details because you never want to be a one-line meme,” Ms Psaki told her replacement, who was watching.
“Otherwise be yourself. And Karine, as I said last week, is going to bring her own magic and shine, her own style to this briefing room and always, for whoever comes after me or Karine, is to keep doing better, to do better for the President and the American people.
The White House said Friday’s briefing was the 224th Ms Psaki has handled in her 16 months on the job.
During her last, she thanked Joe and Jill Biden and her White House colleagues for the support she received.
“They are incredibly tough, smart, hard-working and deeply, deeply good human beings,” Ms Psaki said.
“People always ask me … if Washington is rotten, if everyone is corrupt here and nothing good is happening and we’re all arguing,” she said.
“I, having done this work, believe the opposite to be true.”
She also thanked the White House Press reporters for doing their job, which she said helped the democratic process.
“You challenged me, you pushed me, you debated me, and sometimes we disagreed. This is democracy in action,” she said.
“Without accountability, without debate, the government is not as strong.”
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