Indian American Raj Shah's parents are from Gujarat. His father was an engineer who grew up in Mumbai before moving to the United States in the 1970s, while his mother, a dentist, hails from Kutch. His mother was from Bhujpur in Kutch.
United States President Donald Trump has appointed Raj Shah as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. Shah had formerly served as Deputy Communications Director in the White House. Shah is born and brought in CT.
"Raj Shah will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary", the White House said. While Hope Hicks served as the as Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director, Raj Shah has previously served as Trump's deputy assistant and research director on the White House staff.
Apart from Shah and Hicks, Fox News contributer and columnist with The Washington Times Mercedes Schlapp was appointed Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications and Steven Cheung was appointed as Director of Strategic Response from his previous post of Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Communications Director.
Shah, an engineer by profession, was director of opposition research in the Republican Party before he moved to the White House. "Each of them has been instrumental over the last several months, and in some cases years, in helping the president-elect". Previously, Shah had served as Deputy Assistant to the President and as the Deputy Communications Director. In 2008, he was also part of the campaign team of John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama.
Shah, 32, was one of the few handful aides of Trump who landed in the White House within hours of the billionaire tycoon's swearing in as the 45th US President on January 20. He was born and brought-up in CT.