Fox contributor predicts KJP out the door in ‘the next couple months’, names possible replacement

Whether or not President Joe Biden walks away from his classified document scandal unscathed remains in question, but the future for White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is far clearer according to columnist Joe Concha who offered his prediction on a likely successor.

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For two weeks Jean-Pierre has had to answer questions about an ever-developing scandal that has led to her either deliberately misleading the press or that she herself has been woefully unprepared for. In either case, White House correspondents have grown weary of talking point answers and on Friday, Concha joined “Fox & Friends First” to explain why he thinks National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby is likely waiting in the wings.

Co-host Todd Piro presented part of the argument as he said, “The people that watch this show may not agree with the answers that one John Kirby would give. But, let’s be real, John Kirby is in the building. He can do this job way better than KJP. So I asked you earlier, how much longer can KJP bob and weave on this topic? Next question. How much longer does KJP have in this role?”

To that, Concha replied, “I would think probably within the next couple of months, we’ll see a pivot to John Kirby as the White House press secretary, particularly if Joe Biden announces he’s running for president. If he does announce, then KJP, Karine Jean-Pierre, has an out.”

He suggested Jean-Pierre could artfully step aside without it being portrayed as a negative by joining his reelection team as “communications director for the campaign type of thing. But John Kirby should have had this job right after Jen Psaki left. Not Karine Jean-Pierre. And particularly in this case, because, remember, these are national security implications in these classified documents.”

“So, Kirby, coming from the Pentagon, as their spokesperson, should be out there a lot more than Karine Jean-Pierre,” Concha reasoned. “But at this point, I can’t even watch these press briefings anymore. If I have to hear one more time that ‘the president takes classified documents very seriously,’ which somebody has been tallying online, I think we’re up to 35 times she’s said that, I’m sorry, it’s like everything’s being played on a loop at this point.”

“That may be one of the reasons why the president actually took a question about these documents yesterday,” co-host Carley Shimkus chimed in. “And he said that he has no regrets, which is interesting because he had previously said that he doesn’t know what’s in the documents.”

“So how would you have no regrets if you don’t even know what the documents are?” she posited before moving on to highlight the Democratic Party’s favor for Jean-Pierre. “Just want to show this tweet, because Karine Jean-Pierre does have some support, including from the DNC chair Jaime Harrison, who posted a tweet saying, ‘Karine Jean-Pierre is an amazing talent with the patience of Job. Unlike the previous administration that stopped having briefings, Karine steps into the arena daily armed with the truth and fueled by the president’s commitment to deliver for the American people. Keep pushing my friend!”

“Oh, the DNC likes the press secretary,” Concha mused in reaction. “That’s very interesting.”

He went on to state, “If that came from another reporter or some reporter or journalist that retired that has some respect and reverence, then that would mean something. Coming from Jaime Harrison, that doesn’t mean a lot. I just get a kick out of the president saying that he has no regrets for leaving classified documents next to your corvette in a garage. I leave clothes I’m gonna donate that my kids have outgrown next to my car in my garage, my Ford Fiesta. Right? So the president keeps stepping on the message as we’ve seen and it’s gonna get worse.”

The columnist concluded on Jean-Pierre’s record behind the podium, “Let it be known, this is the worst press secretary of our lifetimes and yes, it’s not personal, it’s based on performance.”


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