WASHINGTON (AP)-- Obama said press secretary Jay Carney is resigning.
White House press secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his second-in-command, principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, is taking over.
President Barack Obama announced Carney's departure in a surprise appearance at in the White House press briefing room Friday afternoon.
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.
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