Trump names Indian American lawyer to head USAID Asia bureau

Sue Ghosh Stricklett
Sue Ghosh Stricklett

Hailing from family of lawyers from India, Sue Ghosh Stricklett advocates close US-India relations.

President Donald Trump has tapped an Indian-American lawyer to head the Asian operations of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as its Assistant Administrator.

Daughter of immigrant parents from India, Sue Ghosh Stricklett “is an attorney in private practice with over twenty-five years of experience in national security law and foreign affairs,” according to a White House announcement.

On confirmation by the Senate, she will head the Asian bureau of the US agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance with an annual budget of $27.2 billion.

The scope of Stricklett’s “practice includes Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, intellectual property licensing and technology transfer, US dual-use and defense trade control licensing, and sanctions law enforcement,” the White House said.

She has served as an Asia policy advisor to three Presidential campaigns and several major Indo-American advocacy organizations, it said.

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Hailing from Queens, New York, Stricklett is a graduate of the State University of New York, Buffalo. She earned her JD from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

Stricklett, a sixth generation lawyer, is credited with putting together the Trump organization in the state of Maryland during his first presidential campaign in 2016.

At that time she went on record to say that “Indian American support for the Republican party is growing exponentially over the last decade.”

A long time Republican, Stricklett also worked with the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012. She has also been active in the Republican Party and with the Hindu American Coalition.

She is the author of several articles in US media advocating close US relations with India and on “Trump’s outreach to Hindu Americans, both before and after his election.”


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