The White House announced Friday that Jay Carney will step down as White House press secretary after more than three years and be replaced by his deputy Josh Earnest, who worked on the Obama campaign in 2008.
During the press conference, President Barack Obama called Carney a “trusted friend and adviser,” though he does not know the next step in Carney’s career.
The 29th Presidential Press secretary, Carney, a former journalist, has been Obama’s press secretary since February 2011, when he replaced Robert Gibbs.
On January 27, 2011, Carney was selected to become the Obama administration’s second White House Press Secretary. He was named the successor to previous White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs by White House Chief of Staff, William Daley.
On December 12, 2013, Carney was confronted by most of the White House Press Corps for the unprecedented lack of access to the President during a routine news conference.
Carney said he will step down about mid-June time.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Steps Down.