Vedant Patel becomes the first American Indian to hold a press conference for the US State Department
Vedant Patel, Senior Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Department, made history by becoming the first American Indian to hold the State Department’s daily press briefing.
As the first American Indian to lead the State Department’s daily news briefing, Vedant Patel, Senior Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Department, made history.
Patel, 33, from California, came to the briefing room at the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters to speak on behalf of the nation to the media while State Department spokesman Ned Price was on holiday.
Patel touched on a variety of topics during his briefing, including negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme, Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the election of Liz Truss as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will then be seen for a face-to-face briefing.
Patel was praised for his podium debut. Vedant has handled the enormous burden of representing the United States on the international stage with the utmost professionalism and transparency. Former White House deputy communications director Pili Tobar voiced his support for Vedant on the podium. Born in Gujarat, Vedant Patel graduated from the University of California at Riverside. Previously, he worked for President Joe Biden at the White House as deputy press secretary and spokesperson. Before that, he worked as a spokesperson for the Biden-Harris transition and the presidential inaugural committee. He worked in communications for the Biden campaign during the primary and general elections.
Prior to that, Patel served as communications director for Congressman Mike Honda and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Jen Psaki, the former White House press secretary, called Patel “very talented.”