According to a Fox News analysis reviewing the first few months of Karine Jean-Pierre’s White House press secretary role, KJP is frequently bringing in backup to support her at the podium —a sign that she may not be comfortable in her new role.
From Fox News:
Since the start of her tenure May 16 through the end of last week, Jean-Pierre has conducted 38 total press briefings and gaggles with reporters. Of those times she’s fielded questions, 25 of them, or about 66 percent, came with at least a second person joining her at the microphone.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan has appeared alongside Jean-Pierre eight times, while COVID-19 adviser Dr. Ashish Jha has joined on four occasions, three of them during President Biden’s recent coronavirus diagnosis. White House economic adviser Brian Deese has shared the podium with the press secretary twice, National Security Council official John Kirby has done so five times and executive director of the Gender Policy Council Jennifer Klein, economic adviser Jared Bernstein, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, national climate advisor Gina McCarthy and actor Matthew McConaughey have each appeared alongside Jean-Pierre at least once.
“Karine believes in providing the White House press corps with access to experts and senior staff who can transparently share the administration’s perspective, as well as outside guests who have specific credibility about issues that are a leading priority for the American people,” deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital. “We’re proud of that.”
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