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

13 Sep 2017 | By Abheet Sethi
Trump administration looks to induct two Indian-Americans

Indian-American Raj Shah has been appointed to a key position in US President Donald Trump's communication team.

"Raj Shah will serve as deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary," the White House said.

Trump has also nominated prominent Indian-American lawyer Manisha Singh to a key State Department position dealing with economic diplomacy.

Her appointment needs to be confirmed by the Senate.

In context: Trump administration looks to induct two Indian-Americans

13 Sep 2017Trump brings in 2 Indian-Americans for top govt. posts

Shah seen as a powerful presence in White House

Shah was among the handful of Trump aides to enter the White House hours after Trump's inauguration. He was identified as one of the three West Wing Power Player in the White House along with Hope Hicks and Eli Miller, in April.

ProfileWho is Raj Shah?

Shah, 32, was born and raised in Connecticut. His parents, who hail from Gujarat, moved to the US in the 1980s.

Shah, an engineer by profession, was director of opposition research in the Republican Party before he moved to the White House.

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

ProfileWho is Manisha Singh?

Singh was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, and moved to the Florida, USA, with her parents as a child.

She completed her BA from the University of Miami, JD from University of Florida College of Law and LLM in International Legal Studies from the American University.

Singh has practiced law at multinational law firms and for an investment bank.

Work experienceManisha Singh has held several high-profile posts

Singh, 45, currently holds the position of chief counsel and senior policy advisor to Senator Dan Sullivan.

She will be serving as the assistant secretary of state for economic affairs if confirmed by the Senate.

Previously, she served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs and as a senior aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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