Raj Shah

President Donald Trump has appointed Raj Shah to a key post on his communications team, the White House announced. (LinkedIn photo)

President Donald Trump Sept. 12 announced that Indian American Raj Shah will serve as deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary, the White House said in a news release.

In making the announcement of Shah, formerly deputy communications director, to his new post, Trump also named Hope Hicks, Mercedes Schlapp and Steven Cheung to various communications posts, with Hicks serving as assistant to the president and communications director.

Shah will be the principal deputy to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Shah, 32, was one of the few handful of Trump’s aides who landed in the White House within hours of him being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in January. In April he was identified as one of the three ‘West Wing Power Players’ in the White House along with Hope Hicks and Eli Miller.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Shah’s parents migrated to the U.S. in 1980s. His parents are from Gujarat. His father, an engineer by profession, moved to Mumbai at a young age while his mother hails from Bhujpur in Kutch. Shah was director of opposition research in the Republican National Committee before moving to the White House.

A graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor's in government, Shah has also served as the director of vetting for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, senior public policy specialist at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, communications director for Simmons for Senate, a self-employed consultant and managing director for America Rising LLC.

—     With PTI reports

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