The real connection between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein
Today, Ghislaine Maxwell’s bail hearing is being conducted in a New York federal court. Charges against her are in connection to deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly trafficked at least dozens of girls, some of whom were minors. Epstein also had powerful friends, including current US President Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is one of many rich, powerful men connected to Jeffrey Epstein, including former US president Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Whether any evidence that Trump was involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring will come out in Ghislaine Maxwell’s case remains to be seen.
In either case, Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump have a long history together and have common connections. Here’s what we know about their friendship and their common associates.
When Jeffrey met Donald
Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump met around 1987 as Epstein climbed the financial investment ladder. Epstein had his own financial firm at this point. Trump was still a real estate mogul and his foray into politics was a way off. However, both were in elite social circles in New York and the Palm Beach area.
What happens at Mar-A-Largo
Jeffrey Epstein was a frequent guest at Donald Trump’s Florida golf course. The two were photographed together there multiple times. In 1992, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein were both at a party at Mar-A-Largo featuring twenty-eight “calendar girls.”
However, Trump banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after an incident involving a member’s underage daughter. When asked about the incident Donald Trump responded: “Something along those lines happened.” Could this mean they weren’t as close as everyone thought?
The alleged falling out
After Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of soliciting a prostitute and soliciting a minor, Donald Trump claims he had nothing to do with him. He further claims they were mere acquaintances and not close friends.
However, Donald Trump made an earlier statement that he and Jeffrey Epstein were close. In a 2002 statement in New York Magazine, Trump said “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy . . . It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Donald Trump also flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet multiple times. According to a former aide of Trump’s, he was close to Epstein and mainly liked him because he was rich.
Jeffrey Epstein isn’t the only one of them that faced sexual assault charges. Several women, some who were as young as thirteen, came forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them. Unlike Epstein, Trump has not been formally charged with sexual assault.
However, the claims against Donald Trump are as disturbing as the ones against Epstein. Particularly, per victims’ statements, Donald Trump had people threaten his victims if they came forward.
There was another connection. During the 2016 presidential election, a lawsuit against Donald Trump was dropped where the plaintiff claimed he sexually assaulted her at one of Jeffrey Epstein’s parties. However, many media outlets deemed her story “unreliable” and Trump came forward to call it “categorically false.”
Connections in Donald Trump’s cabinet
There are connections to Jeffrey Epstein in Donald Trump’s presidential cabinet. Alex Acosta, the US attorney responsible for Epstein’s lenient sentence, was nominated to be Trump’s Secretary of Labor. Also, current Attorney General William Barr’s father was headmaster at Dalton school and hired Epstein to teach physics and mathematics there.
When Jeffrey Epstein’s case reappeared in the public consciousness, Alex Acosta resigned from his position. Donald Trump released a statement that Acosta stepped down to not reflect badly on the administration. Acosta was still probed in a Justice Department investigation in light of the new charges against Epstein.
By contrast, William Barr refused to recuse himself in Jeffrey Epstein’s case despite public pressure to do so. However, Barr recused himself in the Acosta probe.
Donald Trump isn’t the only notable person to have been associated with Jeffrey Epstein. Check out our article all about Epstein’s celebrity friends.