Two Indian-Americans part of US President 16-member delegation 

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Ajit Pai, chairman of the powerful Federal Communications Commission, and Kash Patel, a National Security Council official, are two Indian Americans travelling with President Donald Trump to his maiden trip to India. Pai’s parents are both doctors from Maharashtra and immigrated to the US in 1971; he was born in Kansas and went on to become a lawyer, via Harvard and University of Chicago. They will travel to Ahmedabad, Agra and Delhi.

“Almost fifty years after my parents came to the U.S. from India, I’m looking forward to traveling to India along with @Potus and other U.S. government officials, and participating in bilateral meetings aimed at deepening the friendship between our two nations!”Pai tweeted before his departure to India.

Pai is an American lawyer who serves as the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the first Indian-American to hold the office. He has served in various positions at the FCC since being appointed to the Commission by then US President Barack Obama in May 2012.

Pai was born in New York after his parents moved from India to the U.S. in 1971. His mother grew up in Bengaluru, and father was raised in Hyderabad. Mr. Pai studied social studies in Harvard and graduated in law from the University of Chicago Law School.

Kash Patel, special assistant to the President and senior director for Counterterrorism, is a lawyer who has in the past worked for the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee when California Republican David Nunes was its chair.

Patel has also worked as a counter-terrorism prosecutor for the Justice Department.

Born and raised in New York, Patel’s parents are originally from Gujarat. The family immigrated to the US from East Africa by way of Canada during the 1970s.

Ajit Pai, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, will discuss 5G with his Indian counterparts, he said in a Twitter post late on Sunday.

“We will be discussing issues of mutual interest like 5G and bridging the digital divide and we will aim to deepen the friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and its largest,” Pai said in his tweet.

The visiting American delegation includes Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien.

Senior advisors to the President Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Lindsay Reynolds, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Telecommunication Policy and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff Robert Blair, and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham are the other members of the delegation.

United States Ambassador to India Ken Juster is also part of the delegation.



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