The White House announced that President Donald Trump appointed Indian American Raj Shah, to his communications team. Hope Hicks was appointed as his communications director. Earlier, Hicks played the role of Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director.

A statement released by the White House stated, “Raj Shah will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary.”
Shah earlier served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director.

Raj Shah was born and brought up in Connecticut. His parents emigrated to the United States in the 1980s. Shah was one of the few people who was called to the White House hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as President. By April, Shah was identified as a West Wing power player along with Hope Hicks and Eli Miller.

The president also decided on Mercedes Schlapp, a columnist for the Washington Times to be his Assistant and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications. Steven Cheung has been appointed to serve as the Director of Strategic Response.