White House press secretary Jen Psaki held the first news briefing for the Biden administration and said that when she was asked to serve in her new role, President Joe Biden discussed the importance of bringing back "truth and transparency" to the briefing room.
"He asked me to ensure we're communicating about the policies across the Biden-Harris administration and the work his team is doing every day on behalf of all American people. There will be times when we see things differently in this room. I mean, among all of us. That's okay. That's part of our democracy. And rebuilding trust with the American people will be central to our focus in the press office and in the White House. Every single day," Psaki said.
This is the first White House press briefing since Dec. 15, with the exception of a statement from former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Jan. 7, where she did not take any questions. McEnany appeared behind the briefing room podium approximately 40 times in her tenure, which began in April.
Psaki later said she has “deep respect” for the role of a free and independent press. Psaki said Biden works for the American people, and therefore she does, as well.
She went on to outline the President’s activities and executive actions.
Watch the first news briefing of the Biden administration: