Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night time sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One regardless of having had shut contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Trump has been able all alongside to come across a virus that spreads from individuals who don’t really feel sick, corresponding to Noem, who had interacted carefully at a marketing campaign fundraiser with Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who turned out to be sick. Noem didn’t put on a masks on the airplane and chatted with the president because the flight returned to Washington, D.C., in accordance with her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.
Noem had examined unfavorable for COVID-19 shortly earlier than welcoming Trump to South Dakota on Friday, a day after she had interacted with Guilfoyle. One picture on social media confirmed Noem and Guilfoyle, who can also be a Trump marketing campaign employees member, hugging. The Trump marketing campaign introduced that Guilfoyle had examined optimistic on Friday.
Guilfoyle’s an infection prompted some Republicans, corresponding to Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, to take precautions towards the unfold of the coronavirus. He suspended in-person campaigning for his gubernatorial bid after his spouse and his working mate each attended a fundraiser with Guilfoyle earlier within the week.
Noem doesn’t plan something related, Seidel stated. She solid Noem’s resolution to fly on Air Force One as an indication of tips on how to reside with the virus. Seidel pointed to feedback from the World Health Organization that the unfold of the virus is “rare” from asymptomatic individuals. But that runs counter to steering from public well being consultants, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that advises individuals to put on masks when interacting with individuals exterior their family.
Asked about Trump’s interplay with Noem, the White House famous the frequency with which the president is examined.
“The president is tested constantly, has tested negative, and those around him are tested as well,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated.
When requested why Noem was allowed to journey on Air Force One, McEnany referred the query to the Secret Service, however added: “They take the president’s health very seriously. They would never put him in a situation that would put him in harm’s way.”
As the variety of individuals hospitalized from COVID-19 in South Dakota has decreased in latest weeks to simply 59 individuals statewide, Noem has doubled down on her relaxed strategy to the pandemic. Even as Republican governors in states like Texas have moved to require individuals to put on masks, Noem didn’t require distancing or masks on the July three celebration at Mount Rushmore, an out of doors occasion at which few within the carefully packed crowd wore masks.
On Friday night time, she advised the group, “Tonight, if you look to your left, if you look to your right, you’re going to see that this crowd isn’t just from South Dakota, but it’s from everywhere across this nation.”
The inflow of vacationers for the Rushmore fireworks has some native leaders and medical doctors involved that the realm may see a spike in instances. Seidel stated the governor worries about different results of the virus, corresponding to unemployment and home violence.
When Seidel was requested a few threat to Trump’s well being from Noem’s presence on Air Force One, she stated, “I don’t understand why Gov. Noem now needs to manage the president’s medical care.”