Skip to comments."They've Done An Incredible Job": Trump Praises Indian-American Officials
Posted on 11/20/2018 2:01:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Around two dozen of Donald Trump's top Indian-American lieutenants were present at the Diwali celebrations in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump, who has appointed more than two dozen Indian-Americans to senior positions since he assumed office in 2017, praised them for their "incredible" performance in his administration.
"I'm grateful to have numerous Americans of Indian and Southeast Asian heritage who fulfill critical roles across my administration. And they've done an incredible job," Trump said as he hosted Diwali celebrations in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday.
Except for the former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, around two dozen of his top Indian-American lieutenants were present at the celebrations.
Ms Haley, the first-Indian-American appointed to top Cabinet-level position, resigned last month as the US ambassador to the UN.
As a Diwali gift to the community, Trump surprised many by announcing that he has nominated his regulatory czar Neomi Jehangir Rao to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Ms Rao, 45, will replace the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, where he served earlier before heading to the apex court.
In eight years, former president Barack Obama had appointed more than 50 Indian-Americans to key administration positions, including Raj Shah as United States Agency for International Development administrator; Nisha Desai Biswal as the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and Richard Verma as the US Ambassador to India.
By appointing more than two dozen Indian Americans in key administrative positions, Trump seems to be on the track to breaking the record set by his predecessor.
"Many of them are here today, including the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commissions, Ajit Pai," Trump said as he called upon him.
"Ajit, where's Ajit? Come here, Ajit. I just didn't like one decision he made, but that's all right," he said as the small audience burst into laughter. "Not even a little bit. But he's independent," said the president.
Seema Verma, who in her capacity as administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, is playing a key role in healthcare reforms, Trump said.
"Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee. Where is Neil? Good. Nice to see you," said the US president indicating that he personally knows each one of these Indian-Americans.
"The acting administrator of Drug Enforcement, and another person that I've become very close to, Uttam Dhillon," Trump said.
but the D party bosses will accuse PDJT of making “another racist remark”......within 60 minutes!
Well, it is a day ending in “Y” after all.
How did India get so entrenched in our country that they now have officials in our government? It went from taking our tech jobs to Ambassadors to the U.N. no less. I also had to listen to fireworks at night for a week earlier this month in my neighborhood because of their da$# festival. This country is finished.
I don’t give a damn where someone is from, if they become an American, as opposed to someone from another country just living here.
Teddy Roosevelt agreed with you:
Thank you for this. They have the distinction of Indian-American instead of American and are in there own ceremonious group. That tells me all I need to know.
“How did India get so entrenched in our country that they now have officials in our government? “
What kind of Americans persons are stems not from where there parents came from, but how much of the founders princples they aborbed, understood and reflect in their political outlook.
The aspect of one immigrant group or another having outsized representation in one idustry or another is not a recent phenomena but has been ongoing, and ever changing, in all of U.S. history.
How did the Irish come to dominate the NYC police force and Fired Department at one time, after many generations of the Irish being the underdog in NYC life?
Why do Korean-Americans have such a large representation in the dry cleaning business?
Why do Catholics now dominate the Supreme court, with five of the nine current justices; And that’s not counting Gorsuch who though an Episcopalian was raised a Catholic and attended the same Catholic High School as Kavanaugh? And that lopsided count is only one such question with a court whose remaining justices are all three Jewish?
Such questions invite many to be suspicious in stereotyped negatives against various ethic groups.
But the reality has mostly to do with what kind of life choices, in terms of careers, that folks have made, and why any certain group can lean toward careers that others in their group have followed before them.
As to one part of one of your complaints.
That immigrants from places like India, and other Asians appear to have such a large representation in the telecom and computer technology fields is really a reflection of three things.
One began in the 1980s with the rapid expansion of the need for people schooled and/or skilled the engineering fields of computer technology and telecomunications.
The second part was the high need and presence in those fields for persons with very good math skills.
And the third part was how much American high schools and colleges were not producing the quanitities of such persons to meet those needs.
In the 80s and 90s I had an IT staff that conisted of one “Irish-American”, one “African-American”, one “German-Swiss-American”, and the rest with parents from somewhere in Asia and none of them were on an H1B visa - just persons whose parents were not born here.
It would be better to ask why American families in general with long American backgrounds (other than Jewish Americans as a group), slowed their emphasis in education toward math, science and engineering, leaving more of those fileds to families of recent immigrant backgrounds.
Seems like a good time to remember that Hitlery said Gandhi should be running a convenience store in Arkansas. I'm sure that's been scrubbed by Google and the other agitprop a-holes who run web resources.
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