White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre took a dig at former President Trump on Friday, brazenly taunting him with open contempt during a press briefing where she bid farewell to the departing Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.
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Friday morning, the White House announced in a statement that Bedingfield would be exiting stage left. The administration fawningly lauded her for her work and then announced that she will be replaced by Ben LaBolt.
Jean-Pierre made a point at the White House press briefing on Friday to give Bedingfield a “bittersweet” sendoff while sharing with reporters a nickname that Trump inadvertently bestowed upon her. She also crowed over LaBolt’s status as the “first openly gay Communications Director” in White House history.
“And finally, there is a bittersweet day for us — a bittersweet moment for the communications and press teams and all of us of here at the White House,” Jean-Pierre noted. “I’ve gotten to know Kate Bedingfield as a colleague and a friend, being in the trenches together and representing the president’s agenda together.”
“I’ve actually known Kate since 2007. That’s a whole ‘nother story. But Kate has been fighting this fight on behalf of the president since long before the campaign was launched, going back to when she was his communications director as vice president,” she continued.
WH announced another longtime Biden aide Kate Bedingfield will depart her role as Communication Director (again) at the end of the month ahead of President Biden expected 2024 campaign launch
Bedingfield will be replaced by Ben LaBolt, a former Obama WH press official pic.twitter.com/9Xo3LUiX93
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) February 10, 2023
The press secretary continued to pile on the praise for Bedingfield, really laying it on thick.
“She’s been a trusted source of strategic advice and an unflinching voice for the president’s message and values, playing an integral role in our successes these first two years and on the campaign,” Jean-Pierre gushed. “She’s also a pillar of this team, which she helped build as the Deputy Campaign Manager across the primary and general elections.”
Then she predictably and dismissively attacked Trump.
“I understand that after a certain previous occupant of this White House, whose name will be nameless, but — as you know who this person is — he got angry and yelled and said, quote, ‘Biden has a team of killers. All I’ve got — all I’ve got is a defense,’” she venomously recounted.
“Okay, that was in the campaign. That was — the campaign communications team started calling Kate and the captain — the captain of the Team [of] Killers. That doesn’t surprise me at all because if there’s one thing Kate is, is she is a leader,” Jean-Pierre added.
With the requisite dig at Trump completed, the press secretary continued her lengthy faux goodbye to Bedingfield who has given the political boilerplate excuse for leaving her position.
“We’re very sad to see her go, but no one has earned some time with their children, spouse, and dog more than Kate. And I look forward to welcoming Ben LaBolt — as you all know, he has been announced to replace Kate as communications director — back to the White House,” she stated.
This is a tipping point moment for the nation – for our values and rights, our democracy, and for the middle class. I’m ready to suit up and help the President and team, which includes many longtime friends and colleagues, finish the job. I will give it my all. 2/3
— Ben LaBolt (@BenLaBolt) February 10, 2023
“Ben has had a top role — communications role on the last three successful Supreme Court nominations by Democratic presidents. We all got to work with him closely when he was the head of communications for the confirmation of Jus… — of now-Justice Jackson, and we’re glad that he is coming back to be a more permanent part of the team,” Jean-Pierre commented.
As wordy as her goodbye to the comms director was her welcoming into the fold of LaBolt rivaled it.
“I’ve known Ben for many years, including both Obama-Biden campaigns and the Obama-Biden White House, where he worked on climate change and civil rights. I was happy to reconnect with him when he took over communications for nominations during the transition, helping advance the case for the most diverse Cabinet in history, and for a host of groundbreaking sub-Cabinet positions as well,” she remarked.
Biden goes back to the Obama admin for latest hirehttps://t.co/vLyBn9adsH
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) February 11, 2023
“He brings a cutting-edge understanding of modern communications to the table, and I know he’ll fight hard for the president’s agenda in the upcoming year — months and years. she concluded. “I also knew — I also know that Ben is making history — as you know, we believe, here in the Biden-Haris White House, that representation matters. He will be the first openly gay communications director, which is very, very important indeed.”
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