2020-07-21 23:16:06 UTC
President Donald Trump on Tuesday offered kind words to Ghislaine Maxwell, the
British socialite criminally charged with procuring underage girls to be
sexually abused by late investor Jeffrey Epstein.
I just wish her well, frankly, Trump told reporters when asked at a press
briefing on the coronavirus pandemic about Maxwell.
Maxwell, 58, last week was ordered held without bail in the case, where she is
also charged with perjury.
One of her accusers was just 14 years old at the time Epstein allegedly sexually
Trumps offer of well wishes to Maxwell, 58, came after a reporter asked him if
you feel that shes going to turn in powerful men?
Maxwell and Epstein socialized with many well-known people, including Trump and
Britains Prince Andrew.
Ive met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm
Beach [Florida] and I guess they lived in Palm Beach, Trump said of Maxwell and
Epstein, who was a former friend of the presidents.
The president said that he hadnt been following Maxwells case very closely.
He added that, I dont know the situation regarding Andrew. One of Epsteins
accusers has claimed that she had sex with Andrew, who is a son of Queen
Elizabeth II, at Maxwells direction.
Andrew has denied that womans allegation.
But federal prosecutors have said that they want to question the Duke of York
about his relationship with Epstein.
Just dont know. Not aware of it, Trump said of the allegations against
Epstein died last last August in a Manhattan federal jail in what has been ruled
a suicide by hanging, a month after being arrested on child sex trafficking
Maxwell, who previously dated Epstein and managed his properties, was arrested
July 2 holed up at a $1 million home on a 155-acre property in New Hampshire.
She pleaded not guilty at the bail hearing in Manhattan federal court, where
Judge Alison Nathan said that Maxwell posed a substantial risk of flight
because of her wealth and due to her holding citizenship in France, which does
not extradite its citizens on criminal charges.
Maxwell currently is being held in a Brooklyn federal jail awaiting her trial,
which is scheduled to begin next summer.