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|White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary|
September 12, 2017
|Preceded by||Sarah Sanders|
|Born||c. 1985 (age 32–33)|
|Education||Cornell University (BA)|
Raj Shah (born c. 1985) is a Republican political aide serving as the White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President. Prior to joining the Trump administration, Shah was in charge of opposition research at the Republican National Committee.
Shah volunteered in Bridgeport for U.S. Congressman Chris Shays (R-CT) during high school and interned for U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and others in Washington as his interest in politics developed. In an interview with his hometown paper after appointment to the White House in 2017, Shah said 9/11 happened when he was a senior in high school. He found he wasn't agreeing with Democrats in his family and whom he met in internships, and cast his first vote for George W. Bush in 2004, and interned in the White House in 2005. While working as campaign spokesman for New Mexico Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez in 2010, Shah was arrested for DWI and careless driving, and was immediately terminated.[clarification needed]
By the 2012 presidential election cycle, Shah was deputy research director at the Republican National Committee and he said in that job "he learned what not to do in the 2016 election". He worked with campaign staff and manager of the Mitt Romney campaign and others to plan how, particularly, to try to defeat Hillary Clinton well before she announced she was running in 2016. Shah was also a co-founder of America Rising, "a right-leaning political action committee that produces opposition research on Democratic candidates". The playbook on the anti-Clinton campaign was
very deep, it’s very broad. We had the time and resources to dig through it all and kind of pick and choose how we wanted to go about the general election. I think it played to our benefit. When the email issue broke, we knew what buttons to push. When issues surrounding the foundation came up we knew where to look. We filed over 550 FOI requests and we sued the government half a dozen times to release records. All these sorts of things were years in the making. It was a huge coordinated effort.
As head of opposition research in the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2016, Shah "led a team of experts to carry out research against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. Shah was behind all the anti-Clinton campaign during the presidential elections." Then-incoming White House Chief of Staff and outgoing head of the RNC Reince Priebus, "said that Shah will be among the 'key leaders in helping to implement the President-elect's agenda and bring real change to Washington.'" Prior to the election, Shah called Trump "a deplorable" and remarked that the release of the Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape was "some justice"; he also helped get embarrassing footage of Trump to use in a Jeb Bush commercial for the latter's campaign.
Shah was one of the early staffers on duty in the White House on Inauguration Day, attending to reporters' inquiries and beginning establishment of the communications apparatus (emails of 'OCIO' distributions of the address and the first White House pool report were early to go out) in the West Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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