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The White House Dec. 8 took aim at CNN after the network confused the photos of Rajiv “Raj” Shah (l), an Indian American former Obama administration official, and White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah (right). (Larry French/Getty Images; LinkedIn photo)

What’s in a name? A lot, if you ask CNN. The Trump administration once again found a reason to slam the network when it used a wrong photo while reporting a story.

The news broadcaster drew the ire of the White House when it displayed a picture of Indian American ex-Obama administration appointee Rajiv “Raj” Shah, while displaying a quote from White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders wasted no time in pointing out the faux pas.

“@CNN this is definitely not @RajShah45 but it is #FakeNews,” Sanders tweeted alongside a screenshot of CNN displaying the wrong Shah. 

Rajiv “Raj” Shah was appointed the head of the United States Agency for International Development by President Barack Obama in 2009, a post which he held until 2015. Currently, he is heading the Rockefeller Foundation (see India-West story here). At 43, Shah is the youngest and first ever Indian American to serve as president of the foundation.

Raj Shah recently created history when he gaggled with reporters on board presidential chopper Air Force One, becoming the first Indian American to enjoy the privilege.

Previously, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listed Shah among the top Indian American performers working under the Trump administration.

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