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Top Pentagon spokesperson to take senior role at White House

John Kirby is expected to make only occasional appearances in the White House briefing room, a source said.
Pentagon Press Secretary Kirby Holds A Press Briefing
Defense Department press secretary John Kirby at a briefing Thursday at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images file

WASHINGTON — Defense Department press secretary John Kirby will move to the White House in a senior communications role with the National Security Council, according to a senior administration official.

A source familiar with the decision said Thursday that Kirby is expected to appear in the White House briefing room only occasionally in his new position.

The exact details of Kirby's role at the White House remain unclear. The source said his briefing appearances would be similar to those of national security adviser Jake Sullivan or deputy Jon Finer.

The White House and the Pentagon declined to comment.

The Washington Post first reported Kirby’s new position.

He would arrive on the heels of Jen Psaki’s departure as the White House press secretary. Psaki was succeeded by Karine Jean-Pierre.

Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesperson, has been a top communications official for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks since the early days of the Biden administration.