President Trump offered well wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell as she awaits her trial for sex trafficking.
After the coronavirus press briefing on Tuesday, a reporter asked Trump about the pending case, and if he thought any additional people would be implicated as part of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
“I don’t know. I haven’t been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly,” Trump said. “I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is. I don’t know the situation with Prince Andrew. Just don’t know. Not aware of it.”
It’s a strange response — not only wishing someone implicated in a massive underage sex trafficking ring well multiple times, but also acknowledging having met her multiple times.
Maxwell has been accused of helping Epstein transport minors for sex in the 1990s and later lying about it in 2016.
“Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein identify, befriend and groom minors for abuse,” Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said upon Maxwell’s arrest earlier in July.
So for President Trump to extend his sympathies to such a person isn’t sitting well with a lot of folks.
But some aren’t remotely surprised at Trump’s comment.
One victim of Epstein’s, Jennifer Araoz, went so far as to call Maxwell “the center of that sex trafficking ring,” and it is largely believed that she has dirt on a number of high profile figures.
It is partly due to this, along with the numerous photos documenting Trump’s relationship with Maxwell and Epstein (despite Fox News’s best efforts to hide those ties), that have some people reading darker intent into Trump’s message for the accused sex trafficker.
No matter how you spin it, it’s not a good look. Maybe save the well wishes for the families of the nearly 150,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19, not the buddies of sex offenders.