Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki teared up during her last briefing on Friday, thanking President Biden for the opportunity to serve in the role. "I promised myself I wasn't going to get emotional," she said.

Driving the news: Psaki said her first conversation with Biden and first lady Jill Biden was after the presidential election in November of 2020.

"I was very nervous when I went to see them in Delaware. And really what we talked about for the majority of our conversation was the importance of returning integrity, respect and civility to the White House," she said. "On my best days and as I look back, I hope I followed the example of integrity and grace that they have set for all of us and do set for all of us every day. I'm incredibly grateful to them."Other highlights from Psaki's last briefing: Psaki also thanked "a Biden family that is extended and expanded far beyond the Biden-named family," including administration officials. She also thanked the reporters in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room room for their "pivotal role." "At times we have disagreed. That is democracy in action. That is it working. Without accountability, without debate, government is not as strong," she said. "Thank you for what you do, thank you for making me better and most importantly thank you for the work every day you do to make this country stronger."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki thanks journalists in the press room during her final briefing: “Thank you for what you do. Thank you for making me better. Most importantly, thank you for the work everyday you do to make this country stronger.”

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Psaki also gave advice to incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who has served as the White House principal deputy press secretary.

"The more you know about policy issues and the more you can go in depth ... the better able you will be to answer tough questions ... and...
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