Washington, Sep 13: US President Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American Raj Shah as Deputy Assistant to the President in the White House. Raj Shah has been appointed to a key position in the communication team. According to the reports, Trump has also appointed his confidant Hope Hicks, who previously served as an Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director, as his Communications Director.

“Raj Shah will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary,” the White House said in a statement, reported PTI. Shah had formerly served as Deputy Communications Director in the White House.

Raj Shah was one of the people who landed in the White House a few hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America on January 20. In April 2017, Shah was identified as one of the three West Wing Power Player in the White House along with Hope Hicks and Eli Miller, PTI reported.

Raj Shah’s parents migrated to the United States in the early 1980s. Shah was born and raised in Connecticut. Before moving to the White House, Shah was Director of Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee.

A Fox News contributor and columnist for The Washington Times Mercedes Schlapp will serve as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications. Steven Cheung has been appointed as Director of Strategic Response. Cheung had previously served as the Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Communications Director.