Trump aide and Santa Monica High School graduate Stephen Miller, who recently refused to acknowledge that his own grandmother had died of COVID-19, has reportedly tested positive for the virus.
“Over the last 5 days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine,” Miller said in a statement. Miller’s pregnant wife, Katie, who serves as Vice President Mike Pence’s communications director and previously had the virus, has reportedly tested negative.
Miller has long been credited with architecting the the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents and confined in cages in facilities at the border. The policy was designed to discourage people fleeing violence in Central American countries from attempting to seek asylum in the United States.
Miller has been an opponent of immigration and asylum seekers since his days at SAMOHI (he graduated in 2003). As a classmate told Los Angeles in 2018, Miller was vocal about his deep hatred of a club for Hispanic students and “saw its members as militants who did not want to be part of the English-speaking world and as threats to America.”
According to Politico, Miller is one of 34 people connected to President Trump who’ve contracted COVID-19.
Stay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today.