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State Department spokesperson to step down

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State Department spokesperson Ned Price will step down at the end of this month. Price has been at the State Department since the first day of the Biden-Harris administration, and is the first openly gay person named to the role.

Price was previously a senior communications official for the National Security Council and worked at the Central Intelligence Agency. “Ned began as spokesperson on January 20, 2021,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday in a press release that announced Price’s resignation. “Within days of taking on the role, he restored the department’s daily press briefings, giving journalists the chance to regularly ask tough questions of our policy.

Throughout the more than 200 briefings he has since held, he’s treated journalists — as well as colleagues and everyone else he interacts with — with respect.”    “Ned has helped the U.S.

government defend and promote press freedom around the globe and modeled the transparency and openness we advocate for in other countries,” added Blinken. “His contributions will benefit the department long after his service.” Blinken said Price’s “firm grasp of the policies underlying our messaging made him that much more effective in his role.” “On a personal level, I have constantly benefited from his counsel, as have so many members of the department,” said Blinken. “Fortunately, I’ll be able to continue to do that, as Ned will continue to serve at State, working directly for me.”   “For people in America and around the world, Ned Price has often been a face and voice of U.S.

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