WATCH LIVE: White House holds news briefing as Biden announces gun safety office

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is scheduled to hold a news briefing Friday. Later in the day, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are set to announce the first-ever federal office of gun violence prevention, which will seek to find ways around congressional inaction to stem rising violence. Biden has asked Harris to head the office.

The news briefing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET. Watch it in the player above.

Harris, a former prosecutor and state attorney general, has years of experience on the issue and was the natural fit to lead the effort, White House officials said.

Adding the new office to her portfolio means Harris is tasked with some of the highest-profile domestic issues — including voting rights and abortion, as well as the increase in migration to the U.S. But they’re also among the most fraught, difficult to solve and hard for Democrats to make headway on in Congress.

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