Opinion: Americans need Transparency and Diversity in the White House


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Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the James S. Brady White House Press Briefing Room. During his presidency, there have been less and inconsistent press conferences.

Camila Aguero-Salas, Opinion Writer

President-elect Joe Biden announced on Sunday that he will hire an all-women senior communications team. It will be the first time in history that the top White House communications roles will be filled entirely by women. In an administration already breaking barriers before entering office, I believe the Biden-Harris team has given the American people hope for a more trustworthy and transparent Communications Team. 

The Senior Communications team is made up of the White House Communications Director, Press Secretary, Deputy Communications Director, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, Communications Director for the Vice President, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson for the Vice President, and Communications Director for the First Lady. The main job of the Communications Staff is to handle and organize any matters regarding the White House or presidential news that needs to be shared with the public. They can share news by holding press conferences and are in charge of aiding in the curation of presidential speeches such as the Inaugural Address and the State of the Union Address. They are ultimately responsible for sharing important executive matters with the press, who in turn, inform the public.

Even though the White House is supposed to have a close relationship with the media, for the past four years of the Trump administration, untraditional briefings and his rudeness toward reporters have caused distrust in the media among Americans. Moreover, he has said falsehoods to the press, has discredited science, and on multiple occasions, not provided honesty and transparency to the media. However, President-elect Joe Biden has ensured the American people that his hirees are qualified for “building this country back better.” 

These communications professionals express our commitment to building a White House that reflects the very best of our nation.

— Kamala Harris

Not only am I confident that Biden will practice what he preaches, but also that his move to have an all-female Senior Communications team will have a positive impact on women’s representation. He has already chosen Kamala Harris as the Vice President, who will break barriers by becoming the first female Vice President in U.S. history come January. Women-leadership is a missing factor in many jobs concerning our government, especially the White House. Therefore, having experienced communicators, some of who have experience from the Obama administration, and, having women of color handle some of the most pressing matters concerning executive affairs, is a measure that will rebuild the trust in the media and in what the White House has to say to the public.

Other pressing matters should also be a concern to Biden such as more people of color being represented through his administration, and whether the people he appoints understand how to aid him in creating solutions for those matters. Nevertheless, amidst a global pandemic, and a rough election, the announcement of an all-female, experienced communications team is the brink of hope and good news for the near future of the country.