Kim Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top Trump campaign official, tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the president’s speech in South Dakota on Friday, POLITICO confirmed.
Guilfoyle, who traveled to Mount Rushmore to attend President Donald Trump’s July 4 kickoff address, was not in contact with the president and did not travel on Air Force One. The New York Times first reported Guilfoyle had tested positive.
Sergio Gor, chief of staff for the Trump Victory Finance Committee, said in a statement: "After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure. She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic, but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events. Donald Trump Jr. was tested negative, but as a precaution is also self isolating and is canceling all public events."
Guilfoyle did not have coronavirus symptoms prior to the rally, the Times reported.
Guilfoyle broke her silence on the diagnosis with a tweet Saturday expressing thanks for "well wishes and prayers."
"I feel good thanks be to God and look forward to a speedy recovery so I can resume working to re-elect @realDonaldTrump," she said.
Guilfoyle, a former Fox News personality who now works for the Trump campaign, is the latest person close to the president to test positive for coronavirus. In May, a member of the U.S. military who worked in the White House tested positive for the virus. Days later, Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s spokeswoman, also tested positive.
Health experts have slammed Trump for holding the Mount Rushmore event amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases. South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem said the roughly 3,700 people who attended the Friday night event did not need to wear masks or social distance. Hundreds of attendees crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in an amphitheater below Mount Rushmore to listen to Trump’s speech.
Last weekend, Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. were spotted without a mask at a crowded party in the Hamptons, the New York Post reported.
Alex Isenstadt contributed to this report.