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John Kirby, a prominent figure in White House press briefings, especially regarding the conflict in Ukraine and tensions between Israel and Hamas, has been promoted.
Now appointed as the White House national security communications adviser, Kirby’s role has been elevated from deputy assistant to assistant to the president, marking a significant advancement in his position within the administration.
Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to the president, praised Kirby’s extensive experience in national security and strategic communication skills, highlighting his importance to President Biden’s team. “President Biden is proud to have John leading national security message coordination across the administration as we continue to make a forceful case for our national security interests at home and in the world,” Dunn stated. Kirby’s journey to this elevated role began in May 2022 when he joined the White House through the National Security Council, rapidly becoming a key figure in daily press briefings.
In his new capacity, Kirby will oversee the coordination of national security communications across various agencies, managing a team while maintaining his presence in the briefing room. Kirby’s extensive background includes serving as the Pentagon’s lead spokesperson and roles at the State Department and the Navy.