“Rebuilding trust with the American people will be central to our focus in the press office and in the White House every single day,” Psaki told reporters in a largely empty briefing room on Wednesday evening, just seven hours after Biden was sworn into office.

Psaki said she would commit to “sharing information even when it is hard to hear” — a reflection of Biden’s inauguration address, in which he raised the alarm about rampant misinformation in the country, and an indirect rebuke of the tumultuous relationship between President Donald Trump’s White House and the news media. Though she acknowledged that she and reporters were likely to disagree in the coming years, Psaki signaled that she wanted to bring back to the briefing room the norms of the pre-Trump era.