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Donald Trump has tried his best to distance himself from Jeffrey Epstein, but sometimes there's evidence you just can't avoid. A video of a party at Mar-a-Lago reemerged this week showing the two men ogling cheerleaders who were dancing at the party. Trump can even be seen patting one woman on the butt while also pointing out more women to his friend.
It's known that the two wealthy men were good friends, yet the president has continued to downplay the relationship. With Epstein in trouble once again, Trump said he and his friend had a falling out and that he cut him off 15 years ago.
Epstein is back in the news because he has been accused again of running a sex-trafficking ring with young girls. He reached a plea deal more than a decade ago with then-U.S. attorney Alex Acosta. He pled guilty to only two state prostitution charges, spent just 13 months in jail, paid restitution to his victims, and agreed to register is a sex offender.
Other than being a former friend to Epstein, Trump was also connected to this because Acosta became his Labor secretary in 2017. After public outcry for him to be removed from office, he resigned last week.
New sex-trafficking charges have been brought against Epstein, similar to the original charges he reached a plea in, charging him with allegations of abuse of young girls in Palm Beach and in New York from 2002 through 2005.
Trump and Epstein were filmed by NBC News together at a party at Trump's Mar-a Lago Club in 1992. At the time Trump was 46 and newly divorced. The footage was shot to take a look at his lifestyle as part of his appearance on the show "A Closer Look." The women in the club were identified as Buffalo Bills cheerleaders who were in town for a game against the Miami Dolphins.
Trump is initially talking to Epstein, pointing out women to him, whispering things to him, and periodically dancing as well. At one point he pulls one of the women close to him and pats her on the butt.
While Trump's comments cannot be heard on the video, NBC News said he appears to tell Epstein at one point, "Look at her, back there. ... She's hot."
Another time he whispers something in his friend's ear, making him double over in laughter.
While he is currently distancing himself from Epstein, in 2002 he referred to him as a "terrific guy" in New York magazine.
"He's a lot of fun to be with," he said. "It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."
The initial complaint against Epstein was in 2005. The parent of a 14-year-old girl complained to police that her stepdaughter had been taken to his mansion and paid to strip and massage the financier.
When Trump says he had a falling out with Epstein around 15 years ago, It puts it right around that time of the initial complaint against Epstein.
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