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Jen Psaki Heads to White House on Heels of AIPAC Fumble (VIDEO)

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Jen Psaki, shortly after a painful exchange with the AP’s Matt Lee over her boss’ non-attendance at AIPAC, is leaving her post as spokesperson for US Secretary of State John Kerry and heading to the White House to serve as communications director for President Barack Obama, USA Today reported. She replaces Jennifer Palmieri, who is going to work in the press shop of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Psaki has come in for her share of knocks since heading to State in 2013, often over moments of seeming unpreparedness; the back and forth with Lee and another reporter came Wednesday when Psaki was asked if Kerry had any plans to attend AIPAC — and if his non-attendance had anything to do with the rising tensions between the US and Israeli governments. Psaki stumbled and offered the excuse that Kerry is “probably going” to be out of town. Lee dug in and managed to land several stinging blows.

You can watch the exchange below (it starts to heat up at the 1:00 minute mark):

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