Washington, March 5
Indian-Americans are “taking over the country”, US President Joe Biden said on Thursday, referring to the large number of “incredible” professionals from the community holding key positions in his administration.
In less than 50 days of his presidency, Biden has appointed at least 55 Indian-Americans to key leadership positions in his administration ranging from his speech writer to NASA, to almost every wing of the government. “Indian — of descent — Americans are taking over the country: you Dr Swati Mohan); my Vice President (Kamala Harris); my speech writer, Vinay (Reddy). I tell you what. But thank you. You guys are incredible,” President Biden said during a virtual interaction with scientists at NASA who were involved in the historic landing of Perseverance rover on Mars on February 18.
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Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan leads the guidance, navigation, and control operations of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission.
Biden’s team includes Vice President Harris.
So far, the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2017) has the distinction of appointing the largest number of Indian-Americans. The Trump administration was not lagging far behind as it appointed the first ever Indian-American with a cabinet rank and inside the National Security Council. — PTI