According to Wall Street Journal senior White House reporter Michael Bender, Governor Kristi Noem was too reckless about coronavirus even for Melania Trump, who after her family’s positive covid tests in October tried to reduce the number of superspreader events her husband threw in the White House, to little avail:
But even after Trump lost the election, Melania Trump couldn’t stop the round of traditional holiday parties that take place in December. Night after night the White House was packed with guests, many of them not wearing face masks as seen in the selfies they posted to social media.
She did successfully cut the invite lists down from 1,000 or so to around 200, Bender reveals in his book, but writes ‘that just seemed to make the invites all the more desirable.’
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem wanted to attend multiple Christmas parties and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
‘Fine,’ Melania said, according to the book. ‘You know what? If she wants to get Covid that bad, that’s up to her’ [Emily Goodin, “Melania Wanted to Cancel Trump’s Election Night Party over Pandemic Concerns and Said ‘If She Wants to Get Covid That Bad, That’s Up to Her’ When Kristi Noem Asked to Be Invited to Multiple Christmas Events, Book Claims,” Daily Mail, 2021.07.12].
Hmmm… maybe Noem didn’t get the chat she expected with Melania last December after all.