Saturday 20 December 2014

Carney to quit White House role

Published 30/05/2014 | 20:12

President Barack Obama gives White House press secretary Jay Carney a hug after announcing that Carney will step down later next month
President Barack Obama gives White House press secretary Jay Carney a hug after announcing that Carney will step down later next month
White House press secretary Jay Carney will continue as an outside adviser to Barack Obama
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest is to take over from Jay Carney

White House press secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.

President Barack Obama announced Mr Carney's departure in a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room today. He said principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.

Mr Obama called Mr Carney one of his closest friends and a "great press secretary" who he said will continue to rely on as an outside adviser.

The president said Mr Carney plans to take the summer off before getting a new job.

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