White House adds to comms team after Carney departure, Earnest promotion

WASHINGTON: Eric Schultz was promoted to principal deputy White House press secretary after the departure of former Press Secretary Jay Carney and former deputy Josh Earnest's promotion to the role.

WASHINGTON: Eric Schultz was promoted to principal deputy White House press secretary after the departure of former Press Secretary Jay Carney and former deputy Josh Earnest’s promotion to the role.

Schultz joined the White House comms team in 2011 to manage congressional oversight and investigations communications.

Jen Friedman will join the White House’s communications team as deputy White House press secretary. She started work on the communications team in April, working with Jeff Zients at the National Economic Council. She will continue to work with the economic advisory team in her new role. Previously, Friedman held positions in the Obama administration and worked on the president’s 2012 reelection campaign as a senior adviser for communications in Chicago.

Frank Benenati was named assistant White House press secretary. He most recently served as press secretary at the Office of Management and Budget. Previously, Benenati was a principal at Precision Strategies and for the Obama re-election campaign.

Brandi Hoffine will serve as assistant White House press secretary. She previously worked on the Treasury Department’s public affairs team, where she served as a spokesperson.

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