Indian-American Vedant Patel holds State Dept presser


Patel will be handling the next news briefing, which is scheduled for Wednesday…reports Asian Lite News

Vedant Patel, the Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, has created history by becoming the first Indian-American to hold the daily State Department news briefing.

With State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on vacation, the 33-year-old Patel from California on Tuesday took the briefing room in the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department to represent the country on foreign policy issues before the media, news agency PTI reported.

According to the report, Patel covered topics ranging from Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine, negotiations around the JCPOA and Liz Truss becoming the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Patel will be handling the next news briefing, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

Vedant Patel made an impressive debut from the podium. “Kudos to” Vedant Patel on his podium debut, tweeted Matt Hill, senior Associate Communications Director at the White House.

“Representing the United States on the world stage is a huge responsibility, and Vedant did it with the utmost professionalism and clear communication,” Hill said.

Pili Tobar, former White House deputy communications director said: “It’s so great to see Vedant Patel at the podium”.

“Congrats my friend on an amazing debut,” she tweeted.

Patel, who was born in Gujarat, is a graduate from the University of California, Riverside, and previously served as an Assistant Press Secretary and Spokesperson for President Biden in The White House.

Prior to that he served as a spokesperson on the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Biden-Harris Transition.

He also held communications positions on the Biden Campaign both in the primary and general election.

Previously, Patel worked as Communications Director to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Communications Director to Congressman Mike Honda.

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