Washington, DC: Vedant Patel, the Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the US Department of State, has created history by becoming the first Indian-American to hold the daily State Department news conference that his fellow colleagues said did with the utmost professionalism and clear communication.
With State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on vacation, the 33-year-old Patel from California on Tuesday, 6 September, took the briefing room in the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department to represent the country on foreign policy issues before the media.
During his briefing, 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.
His next in-person briefing was on Wednesday.
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.
US President Joe Biden appointed Patel to the post of the White House Assistant Press Secretary on December 18, 2020.
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.