United States President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American Raj Shah as his Deputy Assistant and Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Hope Hicks has been appointed as Donald Trump’s new Communications Director. The White House confirmed the news in a statement.
“Raj Shah will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary,” the White House said in a statement. While Hope Hicks had been the Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director, Raj Shah has previously served as Trump’s deputy assistant and research director on the White House staff.
Meanwhile, Mercedes Schlapp, who was previously a Fox News contributor and columnist for the Washington Times, has now been appointed as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications. Steven Cheung who was the Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Communications Director will now serve as the Director of Strategic Response.
32-year-old Raj Shah was one of the few people who accompanied Trump to the White House when he took oath as the 45th President of United States. Reportedly, he also actively participated in Trump’s presidential campaign that highlighted the contradictions in Hillary Clinton’s political positions and the infamous email-server issue.
Before he moved to the White House, he was the Director of Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee. Shah was born and brought up in Connecticut. His parents, who had moved to the US in the 1980s, originally hail from Gujarat.
Last month, Trump had appointed Indian American Dilip Chauhan as the Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs in New York’s Nassau County. He had joined Comptroller’s office in 2015 as Director of Community Affairs, South and East Asia.
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