Trump is India’s friend: Raj Shah

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Shah works for the Trump administration

Indian American Raj Shah, who serves as the deputy communications director at the White House said that Trump is a friend of India and Indian Americans, PTI reported.

“I think this President has had a pretty notable outreach to the Indian American community, both during the campaign and afterwards,” Shah told PTI.

The 32-year-old Shah said that as president and as presidential candidate Donald Trump went an extra mile to attract Indian Americans to the Republican Party and “it worked”.

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Shah said that Trump appointed Indian American Nikki Haley as the US envoy to the United Nations; and his conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly indicates that the US President recognizes US-India relationship and contribution of Indian Americans.

Shah, whose parents migrated to US from India, was the head of the Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee and played a key role during formulating the party’s anti-Clinton campaign during the days ahead of the election.

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He headed a team of experts who did extensive research on campaign rhetoric that can be used against Hillary Clinton.

“I think that we have seen from his predecessor Obama a lot of words and lip service. I do not know if agenda always worked out for Indian-Americans and for all Americans. I think this is in part why this president was elected. I think his performance in the next few years is going to demonstrate that his words and promises coming true,” Shah told PTI.

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Both India and Indian Americans have their best friend inside the White House, Shah said.

“I think there will be a strong relationship between India and the US under the Trump administration –one that is built on mutual respect,” he added.