Ned Price was the daily face of U.S. foreign policy. He is leaving his job, and his deputy, Vedant Patel, will take over until a new person is chosen. Price, who is the longest-serving federal agency spokesman in the Biden administration, has reportedly been praised for his work to bring back daily press briefings.
John Kirby, who used to be a spokesman for the Pentagon, is now in charge of the communications team for the Biden administration. Price quit the government in 2017 because he didn’t like how Trump was running things.
In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Price had defended and promoted press freedom all over the world and set a good example for other countries by being open and honest.
“Ned Price has done an outstanding job as our spokesperson and his courage and conviction in leading the State Department’s efforts to speak truth to power and defend press freedom around the world has been extraordinary,” Blinken said.
The State Department hasn’t named Price’s replacement yet, but Price’s deputy, Vedant Patel, will fill in until a permanent replacement is named.
Price has gotten a lot of praise for his work to bring back daily press briefings. Some say he fought for press freedom and transparency and defended the foreign policy goals of the Biden administration.