Psaki Says the White House Will Name a ‘High Level’ Asian to a W.H. Position

‘That person will be a commissioned officer and will be working on both policy and outreach’

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PSAKI: "Well, first we’ve had a range of conversations with Senator Duckworth since that call, which happened about a week ago, including a commitment to naming a high- level Asian American member of the AAPI community to a position in the White House. And that’s something we’re working to do through consultation with a range of officials and elected officials as well. And that person will be a commissioned officer and will be working on both policy and outreach. And as soon as we have a name, we will share that with all of you. But a big part of our effort has also been on taking actions to address the rise in anti-Asian violence and bias and underscoring the commitment of our entire administration to working in partnership with the AAPI community. The president announced the DOJ has launched an agency-wide initiative to address anti-Asian hate crimes and acts of violence. DOJ is taking steps to strengthen hate crimes data reporting on AAPI violence, improve law enforcement, training so that local law enforcement agencies can better identify anti-Asian bias. In the coming weeks, the administration will meet with AAPI leaders to hear their input and how we can play the most constructive role possible in the community. And the president raised, because he felt it was imperative to elevate, the continuing threats, the hate speech and the violence against the Asian-American community in his speech he gave during a prime time address a week ago. Go ahead."

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