Obama says press secretary Jay Carney resigning

White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Carney discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Carney discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.

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

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

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s