White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 28, 2022. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

WASHINGTON – John Kirby, President Joe Biden's top national security spokesman, is getting a promotion and an expanded role in the White House, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

Kirby, who in recent years has served as the Pentagon and State Department's top spokesman, will have a new title — White House national security communications adviser — and will be elevated to assistant to the president from deputy assistant.

He will be responsible for coordinating communications for national security across multiple agencies, the official said.

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Kirby will chair a separate team from the National Security Council press office, which will continue its daily press operations as normal. It is headed by chief spokesperson Adrienne Watson.

Kirby has been one of the most visible faces of the Biden White House, frequently taking the podium for briefings alongside press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to report on national security issues, especially since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7 and Israel's subsequent attack. in Gaza.

His appearances in the boardroom will continue, commensurate with the time when national security issues are the dominant themes of the day, the official said.

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Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Biden, said in a statement that Kirby's “decades of high-level national security experience and clear, strategic insights make him a deeply valuable communicator and advisor on this team.”

“President Biden is proud to have John leading the coordination of national security messaging across the administration as we continue to defend our national security interests at home and around the world,” she said.

Kirby, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, has been the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications since being brought in from the Pentagon in 2022.


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Under the new structure, he will hire a small team tasked with helping him synchronize the government's messaging on national security issues.



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