White House Official Defects to MSNBC
White House press secretary Jen Psaki is reportedly leaving her cabinet position, opting to accept an on-camera role with MSNBC instead.
Axios reported that Psaki is in exclusive talks with the cable news network and has been in close contact with the White House counsel’s office regarding her pending departure in May.
The outlet noted that Psaki has been “treading carefully on the ethics and legal aspects of her plans.”
Psaki will host a show for MSNBC on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, and also join the network’s live programming “as a voice on different shows, but she will not be hosting the 9 p.m. hour replacing Rachel Maddow, which has been speculated,” according to the report.
While Psaki has disclosed her plans to some senior White House officials, the press team has not yet been informed about her departure.
The news follows previous reports that Psaki was also in talks with CNN, where she worked as a commentator during the Trump administration.
A reporter asked Psaki if it was true she was leaving the White House to work for MSNBC, she said she had “nothing to confirm.”
“You can’t get rid of me yet,” Psaki said.