Haitian new press secretary
Haitian American Karine Jean-Pierre has been appointed to the position of White House press secretary in the Biden administration. Photo by Travis W Keyes Photography

President Joe Biden announced earlier today Haitian-born Jean-Pierre will be the first Black and openly gay woman in the executive senior position. 

Jean-Pierre will replace existing White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, who is leaving the administration for the private sector. 

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