U.S White House press secretary, Jay Carney steps down

The White press secretary, Jay Carney has left his post and has been replaced with his deputy, US President Barack Obama confirmed on Friday, May 30.

Obama made the announcement during the White House daily press briefing on Friday, he said that Josh Earnest will take up the post. The president who said that he would deeply miss Carney and his advice called Earnest “a straight shooter and a great guy” who had been part of his team since he first ran for office. Obama added that Carney, a former Time magazine journalist is “one of my closest friends in Washington”. “It’s bittersweet” He said.

Carney took over the job as press secretary in January 2011, succeeding the first man to hold that job for Obama, Robert Gibbs. Carney, 49, has been press secretary for longer than usual for such a high-pressure job. Many occupants stay for only a couple of years before leaving. Aljazeera reported that Carney who told reporters that his first plan is to spend the summer with his children has not made any decisions yet about his next job but has had some conversations during the past few months about new possibilities.

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