Trump brings in 2 Indian-Americans for top govt. posts

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His father, an engineer, had moved to Mumbai at a young age while his mother belonged to Bhujpur in Kutch.

US President Donald Trump on 12 September 2017 appointed Indian-American Raj Shah to a key position in his Communications team.

He previously served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy communications director in the White House.

President Trump appoints Indian American Raj Shah, 32, as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. In April, Shah was identified as one of the three West Wing Power Players in the White House along with Hope Hicks and Eli Miller.

Before taking up White House assignments, Shah lead the Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee played a key role in formulating the party's anti-Clinton campaign during the days ahead of the presidential election.

Shah was one of the people who arrived at the White House just hours after the swearing-in ceremony of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Shah formerly served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director.

Trump also appointed Hope Hicks as his Communications Director. "Each of them has been instrumental over the last several months, and in some cases years, in helping the president-elect".

A Fox News contributor and columnist for The Washington Times Mercedes Schlapp will serve as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications.

Raj Shah's parents migrated to the United States in the early 1980s. He was born and brought-up in CT.

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