[Ed. – Maybe Marie Harf has a twin?]
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby will step down in the next couple weeks to be replaced by a civilian spokesman for new Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Kirby was rumored to be leaving as Pentagon press secretary for some weeks after it was announced that Carter would be the next Pentagon chief, and on Wednesday he confirmed a report that he would step down and be replaced by a civilian.
Pentagon leaders do not expect to name a replacement for Kirby anytime soon, and Kirby told reporters Wednesday that he wasn’t aware of Carter’s plans to name a new spokesperson.Carter may have wanted to pick his spokesperson, but Carter’s decision to replace Kirby appeared to be more based on the fact that the admiral is a member of the military, and not due to concerns about his performance as a press secretary. Widely liked by reporters, Kirby was seen as a credible mouthpiece for the Pentagon, someone who wasn’t inclined to spin reporters as much as inform them.