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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Quits
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is leaving, President Barack Obama has revealed, to be replaced by his deputy, Josh Earnest.
"It's been an amazing experience," Mr Carney, whose departure had been rumoured for weeks, said as he bowed out.
Mr Obama, who made the "bittersweet" announcement during a surprise appearance in the briefing room, said his press secretary had approached him in April about moving on.
"I'm going to miss him a lot," said Mr Obama. "I will continue to rely on him as a friend and adviser."
The pair embraced.
Mr Carney, a former journalist at the Miami Herald, Time magazine and CNN, became White House press secretary in February 2011.
The 49-year-old, who was previously press secretary for Vice-President Joe Biden, replaced Robert Gibbs.
He said he would leave in mid-June, but it is not clear where he will go next.
Last month he denied a report that he had been lobbying to become US Ambassador to Russia.
He was formerly Moscow bureau chief for Time.