Raj Shah, the Indian origin White House deputy spokesperson in Trump’s administration walks out of the office and joins arms with a lobbying firm Ballard Media Group, the communications arm of US lobbying firm Ballard Partners, which lists clients including the Gulf emirate of Qatar, Turkey’s Halkbank and the Republic of Mali, the firm announced.
“Our team, with years of proven results, will provide the strategic communications clients need to navigate these challenges and successfully deliver their message to the right audience,” Shah said in his statement.
.@RajShah45 statement on joining Ballard to head and launch Ballard Media Group along w/ former Clinton admin Asst Secretary of State Jamie Rubin. Shah also lead the media operation for the White House- coordinated effort to successfully place Justice Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS. pic.twitter.com/5eUPuDVKwl
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) January 14, 2019
“I’m excited to join Brian, Jamie and the top-notch team to launch Ballard Media Group. Our team, with years of proven results, will provide the strategic communications clients need to navigate these challenges and successfully deliver their message to the right audience,” Shah said in his statement.
Shah, 34, prior joining in Trump’s administration, was in charge of opposition research at the
Republican National Committee. Born in 1985, Shah’s parents moved to US from Mumbai and then to Connecticut. He joined Trump’s administration in January 2017.
Former Defence Secretary James Mattis left Trump’s Cabinet last month, after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out in November. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was unceremoniously fired in March and national security adviser H R McMaster was replaced last year. Shah is the latest in a number of top officials to leave the Trump’s administration.