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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Resigns

Resignation comes on same day as VA Secretary Eric Shinseki steps down

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is resigning from his post, President Obama said in a surprise appearance at the regular daily press conference Friday.

Deputy Josh Earnest will replace Carney, who plans to leave in mid-June.

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The president jokingly asked the press to be nice to Carney on his farewell tour.

“I’m going to miss him a lot,” Obama said about Carney, adding that the press secretary has become a good friend and one of his closest advisors since he replaced longtime Obama communications strategist Robert Gibbs in February 2011.

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This has been a busy day for resignations within the administration, as Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki also resigned from his post amid scandal within the VA hospital system.

Earnest, who joined then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign in March 2007, had been serving as Obama’s special assistant and principal deputy press secretary.