Two days before Corporal Ronil Singh’s funeral on Jan. 5, President Donald Trump called his family and colleagues to offer condolence for the murder of the 33-year-old Fiji-born officer in California’s Newman Police Department. Singh was killed in the line of duty a day after Christmas, allegedly by an illegal immigrant.
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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah — the highest ranking Indian-American to serve in the West Wing—has indicated he plans to leave the administration soon, according to media reports and sources close to him.
The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump has received an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations on Jan. 26. No decision has been made, however, on whether Trump will attend, according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
As principal deputy press secretary and deputy assistant to the president, Shah was faced with having to defend earlier statements by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders who had showered kudos on Porter as a man of “integrity” and apparently urged him to fight back and continue to deny the allegations.
The Trump administration came down hard on CNN for its photo mixup while reporting a story quoting an Indian-American White House staffer. Intending to air a photograph of Raj Shah, the newly minted principal deputy White House press secretary, CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” instead projected a picture of the Raj Shah who had served the administration of former President Barack Obama.
President Donald Trump has appointed Raj Shah as his principal Deputy Press Secretary in an on-going shake-up of the chaotic White House communications operations.