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JEN Psaki fought back tears as she gave her final White House press briefing, saying she "promised herself she wasn't going to cry."

The fierce political advisor gave an emotional speech during her 224th and final briefing as White House Press Secretary on Friday.

Jen Psaki fought back tears during her final White House press briefingCredit: Whitehouse.gov
The fierce political advisor thanked members of the media for making her betterCredit: Whitehouse.gov

"I promised myself I was going to keep it together, I'm not," a teary Psaki said as she addressed reporters in the White House briefing room.

"I want to thank all of you in this room. You have challenged me, you have pushed me, you have debated me, and at times we have disagreed. That is democracy in action.

"Without accountability, without debate, government is not as strong, and you all play an incredibly pivotal role. Thank you for what you do. Thank you for making me better, and most importantly, thank you for the work every day you do to make this country stronger," the outgoing press secretary added.

However, as Psaki concluded her speech Today News Africa's Simon Ateba began shouting at the outgoing political advisor, demanding she takes his questions immediately after calling on a reporter in the front.

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"Jen, I have a suggestion, why don't you take questions from across the room because that's not what you've been able to do for the past 15 months," Ateba shouted.

"Can I ask you a question from the back? Jen, can I ask you a question, I don't understand you haven't done it for 15 months," Ateba yelled out after Psaki called on another reporter seated close by.

At one point, a woman in the briefing room is overheard yelling at Ateba to stop, shouting, "Simon, please stop. Simon, show some respect."

An annoyed Psaki finally snapped back at the unruly reporter, asking him to respect his colleagues.

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"Simon, if you can respect your colleagues and other media reporters here that would be greatly appreciated," Psaki said.

Succeeding Psaki is Karine Jean-Pierre, the first Black woman and openly LGBTQ person to be White House press secretary.

She takes over as the Biden administration is navigating inflation, Russia's war with Ukraine, and as the Democratic Party is bracing for November election losses that could erase its control of Congress.

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