Friday, May 30, 2014

Jay Carney steps down at White House Press Secretary

White House press secretary Jay Carney

Via Politico: White House press secretary Jay Carney is resigning his post after more than three years as President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman.

Obama personally announced the change Friday afternoon with a surprise interruption of Carney’s daily news briefing, saying that the White House aide told him back in April that he wanted to move on.

“Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great press secretary and a great adviser,” the president said. “He has good judgment. He has good temperament and he has good heart.”

Principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, 39, will replace Carney at the podium in the White House Briefing Room, the president said.

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