White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in the White House briefing room tonight that U.S. President Joe Biden will speak to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday.
Psaki confirmed the call during her first briefing with reporters, saying the two leaders will discuss bilateral issues, including Biden’s decision to formally revoke the permit needed to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Psaki told reporters that she has a deep respect for the role of “a free and independent press in our democracy.”
She vowed to bring truth and transparency to the White House briefing room, a clear reference to her predecessors under President Donald Trump.
The Trump administration took an openly combative tone with the news media. Sean Spicer, who was Trump’s first press secretary, set the tenor four years ago by claiming that the audience at Trump’s inauguration was the largest in history, despite photographic evidence to the contrary.
Trump’s White House had all but abandoned the practice of briefing reporters daily by the end of his tenure.
Psaki promised to restore daily weekday briefings.
Psaki is a veteran of the Obama administration. She served as a White House communications director and a spokesperson at the U.S. State Department.
Upon naming his communications team in late November, Biden said “Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a president, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House.”