CNN – Emily Horne, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council, will leave her post on March 25, a White House official said, and will be replaced at that time by Adrienne Watson, a longtime Democratic journalist who has joined the NSC as deputy spokesperson. at the end of last year.
Horne’s impending departure comes as the Biden administration grapples with Russia’s ongoing attack on Ukraine, and his tenure included the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. . She originally planned to serve only the first year of the Biden administration, but White House leadership asked her to extend her term at the NSC in part because of Ukraine, the official said.
His departure was first reported by the Washington Post.
“Serving the American people as spokesperson for the NSC has been the honor of a lifetime. I am deeply grateful to my colleagues in the White House and the Biden-Harris administration, including the dedicated career professionals which are the foundation of our national security,” Horne said in a statement. “I will also miss working daily with our press corps, whose tireless reporting is essential to the health of our democracy. As I embark on this next chapter, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with my kindergarten, my toddler and my endless patient husband.”
“Emily has been a valuable part of the Biden team since the transition. She is a creative and tireless teammate who has been part of every major NSC initiative, and we are grateful for her service in advancing security interests. national security of the United States around the world,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.
Prior to his time at the NSC, Horne served on Biden’s transition team, managing communications efforts for Antony Blinken’s nomination for Secretary of State and Lloyd Austin’s nomination for Secretary of State. Defense. Horne had previously served as a career State Department official for nearly a decade, including serving as director of communications for the NSC during the Obama administration. She then worked at Twitter and at the Brookings Institution, a think tank. His next professional projects were not immediately available.
Watson joined the NSC in November after serving as director of communications at the Democratic National Committee.
“I am extremely grateful to continue to serve the National Security Council and to take on this new role. I consider myself fortunate to serve with the dedicated staff of the NSC on behalf of the American people,” Watson said.
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