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Jay Carney to Step Down as White House Press Secretary

In a stunning move, President Barack Obama announced to the White House Press Pool that Jay Carney, the White House press secretary since 2011, is stepping down in mid-June.

Josh Earnest, currently the White House’s Principal Deputy Press Secretary, will replace Carney. According to Carney, the transition will be gradual to allow Earnest, who’s worked with Obama since his first presidential campaign, to adjust to the job. (They haven’t set a concrete date for Carney’s departure yet.)

President Obama, who indicated that the decision to leave was made by Carney, called the spox “one of my closest friends,” adding that he would still call on Carney for advice. “He’s got got judgement, he’s got good temperment, and he’s got a good heart.”

As for what Carney will do after his departure, he told the pool: “I haven’t made any decisions yet. I’ve had some conversations in the past few months about what my future is gonna look like. You guys will be the first to know.”

Our own contributing columnist Joe Concha had the scoop earlier this year that Carney would resign in the spring. Turns out he was correct.

Watch the announcement video below via Fox:

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