White House

Psaki: Threats to family were ‘most personally difficult’ part of press secretary job

The top White House spokesperson said “there have been cases” when she has shared information with the Secret Service.

Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday described in personal terms her 16-month tenure as President Joe Biden’s top spokesperson and the strains of the job, telling a group of reporters over breakfast that she had received threats to her family, which warranted Secret Service involvement.

“I will say the thing that has been hardest personally is I’ve had threats,” Psaki said during the event, which was sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor and took place at the St. Regis hotel in Washington, D.C.

“I have had nasty letters, texts to me with my personal address, the names of my children,” she said. “It crosses lines, and that’s when it becomes a little scary. And that has been the most personally difficult aspect of this job.”

Psaki said the safety of her two children, who are 4 and 6 years old, remains “a real concern,” as some of the messages she received were from “people threatening to come to my house.”

“There have been cases where I’ve had to share information with [the Secret Service], and I certainly have shared information with them,” Psaki said, adding that no one threatening has appeared outside her personal residence.

“Not yet,” Psaki added, although “there is a circulation of my address among the Arlington Republican Party right now.” Earlier this week, amid abortion rights protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, the Arlington County Republican Committee in Virginia revealed the neighborhood where Psaki lives.

In a statement to POLITICO on Thursday, the Arlington GOP responded to Psaki’s accusation, saying it “has not publicly disseminated any Biden Administration official’s home address, unlike the hordes of progressive activists online who have disseminated the addresses of Justices of the Supreme Court.”

The Arlington GOP did not immediately respond to a follow-up inquiry about whether it had otherwise circulated Psaki’s address internally or among its members.

Following the event featuring Psaki on Thursday, the Arlington GOP’s official Twitter account shared several posts criticizing her in reference to the recent Supreme Court protests.

Psaki is set to leave her post on Friday and will be replaced by her principal deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, who is poised to become the first Black person and openly gay person to serve as White House press secretary.