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, September 6th 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.
Vedant Patel made an impressive debut from the podium. “Kudos to” Vedant Patel on his podium debut, tweeted Matt Hill, senior Associate Communications Director at the White House. “Representing the United States on the world stage is a huge responsibility, and Vedant did it with the utmost professionalism and clear communication,” Hill said.
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.
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. Prior to that he served as a spokesperson on the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Biden-Harris Transition. He also held communications positions on the Biden Campaign both in the primary and general election.
Vedant Patel is currently the Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the US Department of State, and has previously served as an Assistant Press Secretary and Spokesperson for President Biden in The White House. He has also worked as a Communications Director to both Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Congressman Mike Honda.
“Hosted my first Daily Press Briefing at the podium today,” Patel tweeted after his debut. “The Briefing is an important way we stay accountable to U.S. citizens and helps protect our democracy. You have a right to know about the events and policies that shape your life.”