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3 Indian Americans appointed to Trump's AAPI advisory committee

Shalab Kumar is founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition, Ahluwalia is part ?of Virginia's Asian-American and Pacific Islander advisory council, and K V Kumar has earlier worked with the World Bank. Photograph: (Getty)

Washington, United States Sep 26, 2016, 02.52 AM (IST)

The Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has appointed three Indian Americans to his Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee.

The committee has about 30 members including three Indian-Americans -- Puneet Ahluwalia from Virginia, K V Kumar from California and Shalabh Kumar from Illinois -- the Trump campaign announced yesterday.

"We are on the cusp of history. It is a movement that I am witnessing this presidential election. I am confident that Trump would be the next president of the United States," Shalabh Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition told PTI. 
 

Under Trump administration, India-US relationship would reach a new height," said Shalabh Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition


"Under Trump administration, India-US relationship would reach a new height," he said.

Puneet Ahluwalia is part  of Virginia's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) advisory council and K V Kumar has earlier worked with the World Bank.

"It is my great honour and a privilege to be part of Trump AAPI Advisory Committee. This is a pivotal election which impacts the future of our nation and its people," Ahluwalia told PTI.

Trump's campaign said the committe is elected but grassroot leaders have been appointed to engage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) on issues relevant to the communities, PTI reported.

Governors Eddie Calvo and Ralph Torres of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) respectively, will serve as the Council's Co-Chairs, it added.

The committee members will also provide recommendations to ensure AAPI voices are heard and included in the Campaign.

"Furthermore, the committee's formation represents Trump and Governor Pence's commitment to AAPI communities," the Campaign said.

Trump and his vice presidential running mate Mike Pence will meet the members and AAPI leaders to discuss the  educational opportunities, employment and the economy, which are of paramount concern to the AAPI families across the US.

"Trump understands the critical role Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders play in the growing and providing for an energetic economic base which has been lacking over the past eight years of Obama/Clinton policies," the campaign said.

"Trump's Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Committee is a great addition to the vibrancy of his campaign," Ron Falconi, Mayor of Brunswick, Ohio said.

"His ability to connect with everyday Americans is a testament of his character, and what he wants to do to bring America forward from the past 8 years," he said

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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