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Trump taps pro-life activist for top HHS post

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President Donald Trump has named Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the former president and CEO of Americans United for Life, to a top communications post at the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House announced Friday. (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has named Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the former president and CEO of Americans United for Life, to a top communications post at the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House announced Friday.

Trump selected Yoest, who served as a surrogate for his presidential campaign, to serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS.

Americans United for Life works to advance pro-life legislation in Congress and at a state level.

In addition to her role at Americans United for Life, Yoest has worked as a senior fellow at American Values and in the administration of former President Ronald Reagan. She was also an adviser to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during his 2008 bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

According to Politico, Yoest’s appointment does not require confirmation from the Senate.

Kevin Griffis, Yoest’s predecessor in the role, was recently hired by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America as the organization’s vice president for communications.

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