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Obama says spokesman Carney to step down, names deputy Earnest as replacement

Reuters

May 30, 2014 | 11:09 am

<em>White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Jan. 15, 2013. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters</em>

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Jan. 15, 2013. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama interrupted the White House daily press briefing on Friday to announce that his spokesman Jay Carney is stepping down, and named as a replacement Josh Earnest, Carney's deputy.

Obama said he would miss Carney and his advice, but called Earnest "a straight shooter and a great guy" who had been part of his team since he first ran for president.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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