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Pentagon’s Spokesman Kirby Is Moving to a White House Position

  • He will play a senior communications role on foreign policy
  • Retired rear admiral was a past spokesman for State Department
John Kirby 

John Kirby 

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Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby will move to the White House to take a senior communications role with a foreign policy focus.

The decision to shift Kirby to the White House comes after the departure last week of Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who was replaced by her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre. Unlike Psaki - who served as the State Department spokeswoman in President Barack Obama’s administration - Jean-Pierre doesn’t have a foreign policy background as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to dominate headlines and press briefings.