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Jen Psaki Addresses Rumors That She Is Leaving The White House

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been the subject of rumors that she is leaving her position for a job in cable news.

During a press briefing on Friday she put those rumors to bed when she was confronted with the question about her future.

“Thank you, Jen. You’ve said — you’ve said that the U.S. — we don’t go to war against Russia (inaudible) Russia is heavily armed. The U.S. is heavily armed. And I’m — I’m just wondering if you’re not being pragmatic here with Russia. Are we not being pragmatic to recognize that it may not be in the interest of the U.S. for Ukraine to be a member of NATO, which is the key request from Russia?” Today News Africa correspondent Simon Ateba said.

“I’m not sure I’m understanding your question. Is it — are you asking me if —” she said before he interrupted.

“Is it — is it in the interest of the U.S. for Ukraine to be a member of NATO?” he said.

“It is up to every country to determine what alliances they want to join or not join. And that is not a pressure point we issue from the United States. And we —” she said as he attempted to cut her off.

“Can you — can you — can you confirm —” he said before she finished her thought.

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“think it’s important for that to remain open,” the press secretary said.

“Can you confirm that you are looking for a job at CNN or MSNBC?” he said.

I have more than enough on my plate here. So, you can’t get rid of quite yet. Sorry, Peter, for you on that. And so, I will see you all on Monday. Thank you, everyone,” she said.

The rumors started last week after MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is taking a hiatus from her prime time show on the left-leaning network.

So who will fill the void?

According to the New York Post, the network may be aiming to hire current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who is reportedly considering an exit at the Biden White House.

The Post reported:

Psaki, who has plans to leave the White House this year, is being courted by several news networks, including CNN and MSNBC, according to the newsletter Puck.

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A source told The Post that UTA super agent and co-president Jay Sures shopped the idea of Psaki as a potential cable news primetime host all over town, drumming up interest, before he signed her.

His timing couldn’t be better as TV networks are looking to shake up their lineups. And perhaps more urgently for CNN and MSNBC, both networks are in need of new blood for their primetime shows.

MSNBC lost its star anchor, Maddow, who has stepped away from her 9 p.m. ET show in order to pursue other projects.

And CNN is on the hunt for somebody to anchor its 9 p.m. show after Chris Cuomo was fired late last year after sexual misconduct allegations came to light, as well as revelations that he secretly aided the defense of his embattled older brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

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Last month, Maddow announced that she is taking a hiatus from her prime time show.

“Rachel Maddow plans to step away from her show for a few weeks beginning this Friday, with plans to use the time to develop other projects for NBCUniversal, the MSNBC host announced on her show Monday night. Maddow said that one of those projects is a movie adaptation of her book Bag Man, which will be produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by Ben Stiller,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But, for now, Psaki has decided to stay at her job as White House Press Secretary.

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