Raj Shah, Principal Deputy Press Secretary to President Donald Trump, along with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, are planning to leave the White House, reported CBS June 13, in what the report called “the latest sign of upheaval in a White House marked by turmoil.”
Shah and Sanders are both heading for the exit, said CBS, citing sources inside the White House and close to the administration. Sanders reportedly told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year.
Shah is also considering his departure from the White House, CBS reported, but the Indian American official has not yet settled on an exact date. Neither Sanders nor Shah responded to repeated requests for comment by CBS before the story was published.
According to an earlier article in India-West (https://bit.ly/2JHSlC3), Shah, 33, was promoted to his position by the president last September as Trump restructured his press office.
Shah was born in 1984 to Indian parents of Gujarati origin, who moved to Chicago in the 1970s and then to Connecticut, where he was born and raised.
His father was a mechanical engineer, but later moved into business and owned retail stores. His mother was a dentist. Both are now leading a retired life. After his schooling in Connecticut, Shah went to Cornell University.
It is during his college days that he became politically active. Not as a Republican though.
"I actually interned for a Democrat when I was in college," Shah said. He became a Republican as he learned more and more into issues. He in fact interned in the Bush White House in the Summer of 2005.
Just out of college, he got a job in the research wing of the Republican National Committee.
Shah joined the White House right from the day the Trump administration took charge. He was made the deputy communications director and research director at the White House. Previously, he was director of Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had listed Shah among the top Indian American performers working under the Trump administration.