South Dakota governor who flew with Trump says she tested negative after coronavirus exposure

South Dakota governor who flew with Trump says she tested negative after coronavirus exposure
© South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) meets with President Trump at the White House | Getty Images

South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSD governor to challenge amendment legalizing recreational marijuana Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results Trump again calls for Noem to primary Thune despite her refusal MORE (R) says she tested negative for the coronavirus after coming in contact with Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleRepublicans wrestle over removing Trump Singer Taylor Dayne responds to criticism after Mar-a-Lago performance: 'I try to stay non-political' Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, a Trump campaign official who tested positive, and then flying with President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE aboard Air Force One. 

"I've always taken #COVID19 very seriously, but South Dakota trusted our citizens to exercise their personal responsibility to keep themselves and their loved-ones safe," Noem tweeted.

"I tested negative on Friday before meeting @realDonaldTrump. I tested negative again today."


Noem was asked on Fox News Tuesday about her flight on Air Force One on Friday after reportedly having close interactions with Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. 

The governor noted she also tested negative before meeting with the campaign last week and again after the meeting. 


"I was tested again today, which came back negative again," Noem said. "So I appreciated the opportunity to spend time talking about the issues that were important to South Dakota in my time with [Interior] Secretary [David] Bernhardt and with the president, and look forward to bringing more solutions to my state."

Noem said Guilfoyle was asymptomatic “and the science of the virus tells us that it's very, very difficult to spread the virus when you're asymptomatic." 

A study published Monday by the National Academy of Sciences estimates that presymptomatic and asymptomatic cases account for 48 percent and 3.4 percent of virus transmissions, respectively, making "silent transmission" a main factor in outbreaks.