Published On: Thu, Nov 10th, 2016

‘Many Indian-Americans could be part of Trump administration’

Washington, Nov 10: Many prominent Indian-Americans could be part of Donald Trump’s administration, a senior Republican leader has said, asserting that the president-elect has a “history of hiring the best talent”.

With Trump kicking off the process of building a formidable team to help him run the country beginning January 20 next year, Harmeet Kaur Dhillon, who holds the position of Republican National Committee’s National Committeewoman, said the 70-year-old tycoon will look for the best available talent for his administration.

“Trump has a history of hiring the best talent. I fully expect to see many prominent Indian-Americans in the new administration,” Dhillon, who is the highest ranking Indian-American in the Republican Party, said yesterday.

Ronald Regan was the first US president to appoint an Indian-American in his administration. Outgoing US President Barack Obama has the distinction of appointing a record number of more than 75 Indian-Americans in his administration.

The Trump transition team headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has not indicated anything on the selection process, but Trump in his victory speech said that he was looking for the best available talent in the country to work in his administration.

“I will harness the creative talents of our people and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of all. It’s going to happen,” Trump told his supporters in New York.

A recent Pew research report said that Indian-Americans had the highest number of engineers and medical doctors and are responsible for starting the largest number of startups in the Silicon Valley.