Psaki signals she'll step down next year

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiLawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin Fox's John Roberts says for media, no Biden-Putin presser is a loss Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour MORE on Thursday indicated she plans to step down next year.

“I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job, in a year from now or about a year from now,” she told David AxelrodDavid AxelrodPsaki 'likely will stay longer' than year as White House press secretary House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Amash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' MORE on his CNN podcast “The Axe Files.”

Psaki’s remarks add more specificity to comments she made to The New York Times earlier this year when she discussed her eventual plan to leave and give someone else a shot at the high-profile position.


“I think there frankly needs to be diverse spaces and voices as communicators,” Psaki told the Times. “Women, certainly, but beyond that.”

Psaki did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for details about her departure plans, nor did White House communications director Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldPsaki signals she'll step down next year Fauci vs. Rogan: White House works to stomp out misinformation Joe Rogan clarifies vaccine comments: 'I'm not an anti-vax person' MORE.

Psaki’s reception with the White House press corps has been markedly different than that of her predecessor from the Trump administration, Kayleigh McEnany.

Reporters have remarked on Psaki’s professionalism during press briefings, and the chief White House spokesperson has often made a point of calling on all reporters in the room.

The Biden White House’s relationship with the press is also a contrast with the Trump administration.

The White House has held daily briefings, whereas the previously regular events were put on hold for an extended period under former President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE.

At the same time, Psaki and the White House communications team have strictly limited press access to Biden, who waited until March 25 to hold his first press conference.