WH Defends Trump’s Well-Wishes For Alleged Epstein Accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany attempted to explain on Thursday what President Trump meant when he offered well wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime girlfriend and associate of convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, according to CNBC.
- During a Tuesday press conference, Trump said of Maxwell: “I just wish her well, frankly,” adding that he had “met her numerous times over the years.”
- In reference to the comments, McEnany said:
“What the president was noting is that the last person who was charged in this case ended up dead in a jail cell. And the president wants justice to be served for victims in this case, and he prefers that to play out in a courtroom.”
- The president’s critics jumped to condemn his remarks. Republican Voters Against Trump released a 30-second ad denouncing Trump and his comments the day after the press conference.
- McEnany continued to defend Trump saying:
“This president is the president that banned Jeffrey Epstein from coming to Mar-a-Lago.This president was always on top of this, ahead of this, banning this man from his property long before this case was even being played out in a court of law.”
- CNBC noted that “Trump and Epstein partied together in the 1980s and 1990s but reportedly had a falling out sometime between 2002 and 2005.],” adding that “There are conflicting reports as to what prompted Trump to end his friendship with the millionaire financier and ban him from Mar-a-Lago.”
- Maxwell, whose whereabouts had been unknown since Epstein’s death last August, was arrested in rural multimillion dollar New Hampshire home on federal charges of enticement of minors, sex trafficking of children and perjury on July 2.