Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki became emotional during her last briefing on Friday, thanking President Biden for the opportunity to serve in the role.
“I was very nervous when I went to see them in Delaware. And really what we talked about for the majority of our conversation was the importance of returning integrity, respect and civility to the White House,” she said before adding: “On my best days and as I look back, I hope I followed the example of integrity and grace that they have set for all of us and do set for all of us every day. I’m incredibly grateful to them.”
She also thanked the reporters for their “pivotal role” in our democracy.
“At times we have disagreed. That is democracy in action. That is it working. Without accountability, without debate, government is not as strong,” she said.
“Thank you for what you do, thank you for making me better, and most importantly thank you for the work every day you do to make this country stronger.”
Psaki, who was called by then-Fox News anchor Chris Wallace “the best press secretary in US history,” has been in exclusive talks with MSNBC to join the network after she leaves the White House.
Watch her remarks below:
"I want to thank all of you in this room. You have challenged me. You have pushed me. You have debated me. And at times we have disagreed. That is democracy in action," Jen Psaki said in an emotional farewell on her last day as White House press secretary. pic.twitter.com/3T1kurcvZ2
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 13, 2022