Neil Patel, an Indian American White House veteran who worked as a policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney during the George W. Bush presidency, is in talks with President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner about a potential role in the White House.
As per a CNN report, the discussions between Patel and Kushner Jan. 19, citing sources with knowledge of the transition. The source told CNN that Kushner informally offered Patel a position, and both agreed it’s contingent on them meeting in person to discuss the details, the report said.
Additionally, a transition official said that Patel had met with Kushner, but it was one of many meetings Kushner has had. Patel, a lawyer, is considered by members of the GOP Party as “extremely smart and capable,” and said he is a “serious policy person” who would be an asset to Kushner and the Trump White House, CNN reported.
Following his time as adviser to Cheney, Patel co-founded conservative news blog “The Daily Caller.” He also previously served as Cheney’s adviser Scooter Libby’s deputy. He was also nominated by the Bush White House to run the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, but he was not confirmed.
A graduate of Worcester Academy, Patel received his Bachelors’ from Trinity College. Patel also has a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an associate editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business.