- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry has a new spokesman.

Kerry welcomed the former Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, as the public face of the State Department Wednesday, hailing Kirby’s “impeccable judgment, collegiality and character.” Kirby is retiring from the Navy, where he spent his career so far, as a rear admiral.

Kirby replaces Jen Psaki, who became White House communications director in March.

Kirby previously served as top communications aide to former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen. He was former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s spokesman from 2013 until earlier this year.

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