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Press secretary Jay Carney steps down

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Jay Carney has been a White House spokesman for the past five and a half years, the past  three as the press secretary. (Source: CNN) Jay Carney has been a White House spokesman for the past five and a half years, the past three as the press secretary. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - Jay Carney is stepping down as White House press secretary, President Barack Obama announced on Friday.

He is Obama's second press secretary during the more than five years of his presidency.

"One of Jay's favorite lines is, 'I have no personnel announcements at this time,'" President Barack Obama said "But I do, and it's bittersweet. It involves one of my closest friends here in Washington. In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said he was thinking about moving on, and I was not thrilled, to say the least. But Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time."

Prior to his role as Obama's spokesman, Carney was the press secretary for Vice President Joe Biden.

Carney said he would step down in June, at which time deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will step into the role.

"It's an important interaction that takes place here," Carney said. "It's not always pretty. It could certainly be better, but to be a part of it is an honor and a joy for me. And no matter how tough the briefing is, I walk out of here having been glad to stand here."

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