White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that while working as the head of the State Department’s press service, she was upset by criticism from Russian journalists, but it began to amuse her by the end of her tenure.
Vogue magazine published an article claiming that after 2014, Russian journalists allegedly launched a campaign against Psaki to “make her look stupid.” At the same time, it is noted that some of the criticism also got into the American media.
“At first, it was frustrating. I remember when I was talking about this at the briefing and felt a lump in my throat because it seems to you that you are being picked on… By the end of my stay at the State Department, this began to amuse me,” Psaki told the magazine.
The article notes that the years spent in the state Department “has become a good preparation for Psaki for the current political atmosphere.”
Psaki was a former State Department official and White House communications director under former President Barack Obama. She is known for controversial statements and sharp criticism of Russia, in particular, the Crimean referendum and the reunification of the peninsula with the Russian Federation. According to her own statements, her negative image in the Russian media is explained by “Russian propaganda.” Psaki has repeatedly been the object of criticism and parodies, largely due to the reservations and confusion that she allowed when discussing issues of world politics.