Of Course Trump "Fell Out" With Epstein Over Real Estate, Not Underage Girls - 2019-08-01

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F0.png Of Course Trump "Fell Out" With Epstein Over Real Estate, Not Underage Girls August 1, 2019, Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

Since Jeffrey Epstein was arrested at a New Jersey airport and charged with sex trafficking, dozens of rich and powerful people long associated with the guy have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from him. One such individual is President Donald Trump, who told reporters last month that he'd had a "falling-out" with the sexual predator (who pleaded guilty to two counts of prostitution in 2008 and has denied the most recent charges) a decade prior. Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten has also attempted to downplay the connection, telling Fox News in 2016 that the then-candidate had "no relationship" with Epstein, that they "were not friends," and that they "did not socialize together." Of course, video footage, investigative reporting, and contemporaneous quotes from Donald Trump himself prove that's not the case at all.

In 2002, for instance, the real estate developer told New York, "I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side." Per the New York Times, in 1992, Trump directed Florida businessman George Houraney to organize a "calendar girl" competition at Mar-a-Lago, and after 28 female contestants were procured, revealed that the other guests were just "him and Epstein." Video footage from that same year shows the two men partying together at the Palm Beach resort with cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, laughing, chatting, and, in the case of Trump, pawing at women. The friendly relationship continued for more than 10 years after that, with the two men reportedly dining at Epstein's mansion and attending many of the same dinner parties; according to Epstein's brother, Mark, Trump would comp Epstein's mother and aunt at one of his Atlantic City casino hotels and flew on Epstein's private jet—the one he allegedly used to ferry underage girls to his private island of horrors—"numerous times." One person who observed both men told the Washington Post that "they were tight" and that, nauseatingly, "they were each other's wingmen."

Ultimately, Epstein and Trump did have a falling-out. According to a new report from the Post, however, it didn't have anything to do with Epstein's disturbing behavior with underage women, but, naturally, a real estate deal.

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{{cite news | first = Bess | last = Levin | title = Of Course Trump "Fell Out" With Epstein Over Real Estate, Not Underage Girls | url = https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/08/donald-trump-jeffrey-epstein-falling-out | work = Vanity Fair | date = August 1, 2019 | accessdate = December 6, 2021 }}