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Raj Shah making White House briefing debut tomorrow

Raj Shah
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah will make his briefing debut at the podium tomorrow. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be on vacation. Both the vacation and Shah's debut have long been in the works.

Why it matters: Shah is one of the most highly regarded operatives in the White House Press shop. Chief of Staff John Kelly thinks highly of him, and he’s trusted by Sanders and communications director Hope Hicks.