Noem has some shared history with the couple: She spoke at Trump’s July 4 event last year at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore, which Guilfoyle had to skip because she tested positive for Covid-19 right beforehand. Financial disclosure forms made public last month revealed that Noem memorialized the occasion by giving Trump a $1,100 replica of Mt. Rushmore featuring his own face on the monument.
Noem is up for reelection in 2022 and has been mentioned as a future presidential candidate, although she only polled at 1 percent in a recent POLITICO/Morning Consult survey. Noem is also speaking this weekend at the Conservative Policy Action Conference in Orlando and will speak at a Republican National Committee donor summit in April, also in Palm Beach.
Public health experts have ripped Noem for her largely laissez-faire approach to dealing with the pandemic. South Dakota, with a population of just 885,000, has had more than 1,800 deaths from Covid-19. Compare that with South Korea, an entire country of almost 52 million people, which reported 1,573 deaths as of Tuesday.
The invitation for the March 5 event says that to be a host requires a contribution of $4,000 per individual or $8,000 for a couple; that’ll get you a private roundtable discussion, photo-op and cocktail reception with Noem, Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. There’s a $1,000 minimum contribution merely to attend the fundraiser, which gets you into the cocktail party.
A spokesperson for Noem declined to comment. Trump Jr. referred questions to a representative, who declined to comment.