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Is the former relationship between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein concerning? Learn more about their interactions over the years.

Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump: A timeline of their relationship

Jeffrey Epstein has been connected with some of the richest, most powerful men in the world. One of those men is current U.S. president Donald Trump. According to sources, Trump was close friends with the former Wall Street investor who ran a sex trafficking ring and died of an apparent suicide while awaiting trial in New York. 

There’s overwhelming evidence that Jeffrey Epstein ran a sex trafficking pyramid scheme involving underage girls. According to survivors, Epstein and his girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, forced them to sleep with politicians, celebrities, attorneys, and members of the royal family. 

The connection between a sex trafficker like Jeffrey Epstein and the most powerful man in the U.S. raises some alarms. How did they meet? Were they still in touch? Here’s everything we know about the friendship between Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump. 

When Donald met Jeffrey

According to an interview with Cosmopolitan in 2002, Donald Trump said that he and Jeffrey Epstein were “great friends” who knew each other for fifteen years. That puts their first meeting in the late 1980s. At that time, Epstein just started his own investment firm and was making connections with CEOs like Leslie Wexner. 

In the late 1980s, Donald Trump was a real estate mogul in New York, where Jeffrey Epstein was living. It’s possible that the two of them were at the same party. They would have had a mutual interest in meeting each other: Trump to have a financial guy and Epstein to secure another rich client for his investment business. 

Palm Beach

New York wasn’t the only place Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump spent time together. They both owned mansions in Palm Beach, FL. Trump owns Mar-a-Lago, his private golf course where he spends a lot of vacation time. Epstein’s mansion, which was a hub of his sex trafficking operation, was close to Mar-a-Lago. 

Jeffrey Epstein bought his mansion in 1990. Donald Trump purchased Mar-a-Lago in 1985, turning it into a private resort ten years later. While Epstein and Trump both lived in Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago hosted the infamous “Calendar Girl Club” where Epstein and Trump were both in attendance. 

Friends with benefits

According to one of Donald Trump’s aides, Trump was friends with Jeffrey Epstein and hung out with him a lot because he was rich. The massive amount of wealth Epstein and Trump obtained kept them in an insular social circle. They were two rich men into investments in a very small pond. 

According to sources, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein would be each other’s wingman at parties. They were close to each other for years, and reportedly, Epstein was the one who introduced Trump to his current wife, Melania. Then a bidding war in 2004 supposedly upended their friendship. 

From property brothers to property rivals

In 2004, a mansion called Maison De L’amitie, ironically translating to House of Friendship, went up for sale in Palm Beach. Being a lucrative property, both real estate baron Donald Trump and investor Jeffrey Epstein had their eyes on the prize. 

The bidding war began. It nearly ended their friendship, with each accusing the other of not having enough money. Donald Trump even banned Jeffrey Epstein from Mar-a-Lago. The ban was because Epstein was being inappropriate with a guest’s underage daughter. 

The friendship was well over by 2008 after Jeffrey Epstein was found guilty of soliciting a prostitute and soliciting a minor. Donald Trump now denies that he and Epstein were ever friends. According to a 2018 interview with Miami attorney Bradley Edwards, a prosecutor in the Epstein case, Trump was more than willing to discuss details with him about Epstein. 

Stuffing the cabinet

Despite the falling out, Donald Trump appointed two noteworthy connections to Jeffrey Epstein to his cabinet after he was inaugurated. The first was Alex Acosta, the U.S. attorney responsible for negotiating a ridiculously lenient plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008. Trump appointed him Secretary of Labor in 2017. 

The plea deal Acosta negotiated with Jeffrey Epstein reduced the multiple counts Epstein was facing to two. The life sentence that may have come with the charges became a year with a lenient detention agreement. The deal caused public outcry after Epstein’s arrest in 2019. After, Acosta stepped down with Donald Trump’s blessing. 

Donald Trump also appointed the current U.S. Attorney General William Barr, whose father hired Jeffrey Epstein to teach at The Dalton School. Despite the connection, Barr refused to recuse himself from the investigation. It’s unclear whether Trump knew of Acosta or Barr due to his previous connection with Epstein. 

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  • Whoever wrote this article doesnt know enough about what happened between President Trump and Epestein to be accusing the president of anything.
    Now the relationship between Epestein and little Billy Clinton is well known, write about that!

    August 1, 2020
    • We did write about Clinton and Epstein’s relationship and you can check that out here.

      September 3, 2020
      • Keep up your fabulous work.

        November 9, 2020
    • So Virginia you know all about Epstein and Bill Clinton to voice your knowledge
      but No one should say anything about
      Trump. More has been published about
      Trump than Bill Clinton. My knowledge comes from news and history. Both of them frequented ‘the Island ‘ and from what several people that were there said was Trump more so than Clinton and Trump was more involved. I’m sure your news comes from other people too.
      Or maybe you have an inside line to Trump. js

      September 13, 2020
  • It’s funny because all the names that flew Lolita express or went to pedo island ,there’s one big name missing Donald trump. You know who did both? Bill Clinton. Now, who was really friends with old Jeff?? Things that make you go hmmmm

    August 2, 2020
    • Trump broke off their friendship when he found out about pedoisland. That’s why you won’t find Trump’s name associated with that dirty place..

      August 4, 2020
      • I like how people try to say clinton this or clinton that. We all know clinton was a creep but he isn’t trying to get elected to be president. So you are saying we should look the other way because clinton did bad things too. Get real. So then after trump the next guy gets to do basically anything he wants with total immunity because you want to worship some disgusting rich new york d-bag. They guy came right out and said he wants to bang his own daughter, he mocks and makes fun of peoples disabilities, he openly supports white supremacist groups. The guy can’t speak for more than 15 seconds with out insulting someone or lying about something. When did this behavior become the gold standard for clean living.

        October 16, 2020
    • I’m sure trump introduced Clinton to epstein. People forget they are all friends.

      August 9, 2020
      • He doesn’t make fun of disabled people that was something twisted by the media.

        February 26, 2022
    • Actually his name is on the fly log.

      August 18, 2020
      • Actually the flight was from Florida to New Jersey. Looks like he hitched a ride.

        September 18, 2020
    • Trumps name is on the flight manifest so you are wrong.

      August 30, 2020
    • trump flew in the Lolita express and epstein was a regular in trumps plane

      September 9, 2020
    • You do know it’s entirely possible that both Clinton and Trump are guilty, right?! Both are scumbags but only one of these men is our current president trying to get re-elected.

      October 11, 2020
    • Except Clinton never went to Epstein’s island nor he’s recorded of being there. Thank you.

      November 7, 2020
  • TRUMP 2Q2Q

    August 5, 2020
    • Clintons whole family went to little st. James. It wasn’t all sex there.there is no defending the island just as there is no defending mar-a-largo.lots of parties and lots of trump there

      August 27, 2020
      • No they didn’t.

        November 7, 2020
    • Your missing an i

      November 2, 2020

    August 6, 2020
    • no where bc everyone knows that he was involved 😂😂

      August 12, 2020
    • This isn’t an article about that.

      August 12, 2020
    • That ship sailed years ago.

      August 16, 2020
    • Why don’t you make one?

      August 17, 2020
    • Who cares Clinton is insignificant its Trump who the spotlight is on now

      August 18, 2020
    • You all look dumb defending the elite, trump most likely knew what epstein was doing. You all know what your friends do. TRUMP isn’t against the NWO or Pedos they got him in their pockets. He’s just playing his part. And yes Bill Clinton is a scumbag. We KNOW that already. This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue.

      August 26, 2020
      • Now in Trumps defense in his first few months in office he took down and arrested now don’t quote me on numbers but I’m wanting to say it was like 10,000 pedo sites. So I do not believe he is in the pedo group. It actually seems like by the timeline that it may of been a factor in ending the friendship like you know how you stick by a friend and try to get them to clean up their act until you just can’t do it anymore that kind of thing. You know I don’t understand why anyone would want to hurt a child or can even look at a child and have sexual thoughts and now we have ppl out there trying to say it’s a sexuality not a crime it should be a death penalty crime or castration they said the list of powerful people is mostly polititions there should be term limits aon all of them anyways that’s how you fix the problems with powerful.

        October 24, 2020
    • bill clinton isnt the idiot running this country into the ground

      August 29, 2020
    • Bill Clinton and Epstein were not ‘friends’ they were acquaintances.

      August 30, 2020
  • At least Bill wasn’t introduced to his wife by Epstein. Regardless of that, EVERYONE WHO IS FOUND GUILTY, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN SHOULD BE JAIL. PERIOD.

    August 12, 2020
  • You know who doesn’t have ties to Epstein? JOE BIDEN! BIDEN 2020!

    August 12, 2020
    • No but Biden does have ties to the dead kkk leader and in 2008 spoke at his eulogy..

      October 3, 2020
      • You should also know that the man you’re typing about, received an award from the NAACP.

        October 29, 2020
      • Yea and if you knew anything when he died, he was serving in the senate. Byrd was affiliated at a young age and apologized for involvement. :)

        October 30, 2020
      • A young senator Bird was only temporarily in the KKK and held a position in a local chapter. He was never a “leader” in the KKK. Bird later said, “(Joining the KKK) It was the greatest single regret of my life.” Bird’s career was NOT dedicated to racism. He fought against it and earned respect from African American colleagues across the aisles.

        November 2, 2020
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
    All these Trump fans trying to shift the spotlight to Bill Clinton. Who cares if he is guilty? Trump is the one in office. You have a pedo for a president!!!!

    August 13, 2020
    • Whether you’re a religious person or not, Christ was mocked for hanging around with a tax collector. In the end he corrected that tax collector! If Trump was a pedo running all these large pedophile ring bust, he would be stupid to do that cause it will lead to him. As Biden says… ”C’mon man.. “..

      Trump is correcting all the child traffickers…

      October 1, 2020
      • You do realize that if Trump was part of
        sex trafficking rings before it would benefit him to take them down himself. For two reasons, 1. If he’s really a part of the investigation then he can cover up his own involvement OR his people investigating can cover his involvement. 2. People wouldn’t suspect him because he called for the investigation.

        November 5, 2020
  • EXACTLY. And how close is Haiti (which Clinton’s basically own) to pedo Island exactly? Easy to traffic children from a poor island.

    August 15, 2020
  • You do know that Trump has a private jet, right? In fact he’s had two private jets. His first in 1997. It’s not like he couldn’t have flown down there anytime he wanted.

    August 16, 2020
  • You missed the Clinton timeline … and he isn’t the president anymore … that type of a question is agreeing that tRump was friends and in business with Epstein … correct.

    August 16, 2020
  • Trump, Clinton, Prince Andrew, Dershowitz..all good friends of Epstein all cut from the same slimeball cloth.

    August 17, 2020
  • Not all of the child rape and trafficking happening on a flight to the island or on the island. And Trump was close friends with J Epstein and has deep ties to him. No denying this. Stop acting as if only Clinton and Democrats are involved. This shit runs Republicans Democrats Hollywood Royalty and attorneys and wealthy and y’all need to face the facts this was deeply disturbing on every level and each one of those that knew the truth or had fiat hand knowledge of the repeat Rape and extortion of young teens and kids should speak up! You’ve known the truth. Make this right- speak up! Give these girls a voice!
    You want us to trust you- speak up – be honest! Prove you’re selves.

    August 18, 2020
  • I agree, why aren’t we hearing about those notorious Clinton’s? Why aren’t they both in JAIL…. they should rot in prison for how evil they are. But we don’t hear anything cause people don’t want to end up dead. I hope they get them all, I hope all the dirty evil is exposed.

    August 20, 2020
  • Trump was named in a law suit by a women who was lured to Jeffery Epsteins NYC townhouse for a party supposidly to meet people who could start her modelling career. Instead she alleges that Donald Trump raped her. She was a 13 year old virgin and crying afterwards and scared asked one of the girls there if she might get pregnant. Donald overhearing this said “then you will get an abortion b**tch” before threatening her and her family. She withdrew the lawsuit in 2016 a day or so before she was due to give a press conference, siting death threats. There is a video of her deposition out there on youtube.

    August 21, 2020
    • any reference to this? this should be super known, my first thought is that its an hoax, but it wouldnt suprise me if its true

      September 19, 2020
  • I would love to know more about that painting of Bill in a dress

    August 25, 2020
    • The painting of Bill in a blue dress was done by an Australian artist, I think. Bill did not pose. I believe the blue dress has Monica Lewinski connotations. It was not a commission for Epstein, or anything sinister.

      September 17, 2020
  • The more powerful these rich men are the more likely they become pedophiles. They never stop wanting more of everything and they sure as hell arent ever happy. What a waste of human beings!!

    August 27, 2020
  • Some of you guys sound just like Trump! When he’s accused of something, he whines and points fingers at everyone else! (He did it too!) Ok, Clinton is a scumbag. So is Trump! The man is destroying our country.

    September 22, 2020
  • I believe before accusing any one of being a pedophile there needs to be strong proof. People are paid to tell lies. I remember the Kavanaugh hearing., those women could not prove their stories. The same goes for Trump . If there is solid proof bring it on. but if not be quiet. Immorality is not just a rich mans disease. All people can get sick. Check yourself first

    October 2, 2020
  • Trump looks at young girls like the pig he is..

    Remember when he was commenting on a young girl and said.
    “She’s going to be hot in a few years..
    Who frickin says that
    Unless your interested..

    October 16, 2020
  • What I find funny is how all these comments seem to think that they really have the answers to what went down. Even more interesting is some think they have the proof to. Here’s an interesting fact that I’m not proud of, but it’s a fact none the less. When arrested for a crime many years ago, the prosecutors thought they knew things about that crime. Well I can report personally that they were so far off in the information they had and the lack of proof was kind of shameful that they were considered prosecutors. I knew all the facts because of my involvement. I was a kid at the time who was following the rest of my friends. So we all knew how wrong their facts were. The local media followed along thinking they had a good story. Boy it’s amazing how twisted things can get. Moral of the story, your comments don’t mean dick. You really don’t know anything unless your are involved or on the inside. Bunch of fools. It’s rarely what it seems.

    October 16, 2020
  • Donald Jerk Trump clearly admitted that he has no respect for the female gender.On a live recording he said that he just goes up to females and grabs them by the pussy.He met his current wife thru Epstein.At the time she was an undocumented porn model.Very possible she graduated from being a sex slave.

    October 18, 2020
  • Trump had Epstein Murdered in Prison so he wouldn’t say anything in court

    November 6, 2020
  • To assume Trump did anything WRONG by simply knowing the man is wrong there is no evidence that SUPPORTS or suggested any wrongdoing by Trump. It’s unfair b Accuse someone by association because there are several celebrities that were friends or knew Epstein and had no knowledge or involvement in the awful things Epstein was doing. There isn’t enough circumstantial evidence to make that assumption. If there was I’d agree that Trump’s behavior is questionable but other than the evidence of him knowing him Its not enough.
    Another thing is that when he did know and associate with Epstein this was back in the early 90s and because there isn’t anything to suggest Trump was involved in any wrongdoing I know people won’t want to hear this because hating Trump is something people love doing but it has nothing to do with current events and people can’t just make accusations and assumptions without any factual evidence and it was a long time ago.

    Ppl won’t wanna hear this either but what about the CURRENT accusations about him and his family’s misconduct.
    In the Bidens case there is too much evidence not to consider as suspicious and unjustifiable
    Ashley Biden’s description in writing of showers with joe as a child (they haven’t been disputed by Ashley which is odd)
    The laptop from hell the pictures and videos I’m sure some of you have seen on are questionable because some of the girls in the videos with Hunter look young and might be his niece. The email from Hunter to Joe about his brother’s widow who he was dating told his therapist about his SEXUAL relationship with his niece. Joe didn’t even protect his granddaughter. It was enough for too FBI child Sexual abuse investigator to supoena the laptop and INVESTIGATE the evidence in an active ongoing INVESTIGATION. It’s enough to be a real concern and be investigated. Then Hunter Biden has a tattoo on his back of finger lakes very odd. Historically it’s known for the underground railroad Harriet Tubman used to escape but unfortunately it’s now known to be used in child sex trafficking and its awful. Too much real current evidence and circumstantial evidence that are red flags surrounding the bidens that is very questionable and unjustifiable.

    I know ppl love to hate on Trump but he’s not a bad person and repeating what the media says doesn’t make it true. FACTS are Trump’s tax reform and cuts beneficial for everyone $300 billion back into the economy in the first quarter alone, $1000 child tax credit was raised to $2000 and there was significant economic growth, trade deals $59 billion dollars, he’s enforced sanctions and tariffs on Russia and China and has been tough on them weakening their economy and keeping us ahead in the nuclear arms race, there is a lot of positive things he’s done I encourage ppl to research the facts because the weak argument of negative feelings towards Trump aren’t supported by anything factual,it’s weak and politically immature to talk politics with insensitive assumptions and offensive name calling. It’s very immature and being that way makes it hard to have constructive conversations and find common ground and it keeps us divided. If we are going to compromise on things we disagree on that’s fine just respect and opposing view, we all have the right to think whatever we want but attacking each other and acting like disrespectful kids does nothing for no one so hopefully we can come together and be mindful to respect each other, avoid insensitive and unnecessary comments and move forward and actually try to be United because we are weak divided stronger United

    November 7, 2020
    • All those who are taken by Trump’s “Goodness” have been proven WRONG by 76 + million voters! Respect an opposing view? Come on, Clown Trump has no views, only insults. America has spoken and LIBERATED thru our words!!! BIDEN BY A LANDSLIDE!

      November 25, 2020
    • Mr. Morales i was very taken with ur honest and accurate opinion… glad to know there are others out there that are capable of objective thought i heartily agree with you.

      February 12, 2021
    • If Trump is not a bad person, then bad people don’t exist.

      April 2, 2021
    • Very well said. I agree 100%👏👏

      November 5, 2021
    • Very well said. 👏👏

      November 5, 2021
  • Very well said. I agree 100%👏👏

    November 5, 2021
  • If Bad People Dont Exist??? What In God’s Name Are All Of You People Here Doing, Condeming A Man On Heresay w/ No Proof??? IsThat Being A Good Person??? Uuummmmm… In The End We Are All Accountable For Our Actions, “AND” Our “CHOICES”… God Gave Us A Brain, Free Will, And The “CHOICE” To Exercise Our Decision To Do Right, Or Wrong. To Perpetrate Good, Or Evil… I’d Like To See What Each Of You Would Say, If People Out There Were Accusing You, Of What Your Sanctemoniously Sitting There Accusing Trump Of??? “LOL”… I Bet You My Last, Bottom Line, Red Cent In My Pocket, That All Of You Would Be The First Ones Screaming To The Top Of Your Hypocritical Selves… “WHERE IS YOUR PROOF” In Your “ACCUASATIONS OF ME”??? The Term Moral Compass, Which We Also Are All Born With, Comes Into Play At This Point… This Is Where The Real Problem Lay… Individual Arrogance… The Top Of The List In The 7 Deadlies… I Believe, It’s A Bigger Sin To Ignore Your Moral Compass, And Go Along w/ The Comforable, Untruthful Narrative.. The “REAL LIE”… Than It Is To Uncomfortably Question Said Narrative, To Seek Out What The “REAL TRUTH” Actually Is. Bottom Line, We Are All Accountable In The End. It Comes Down To You, And Your Maker. I For One Refuse To Stand Before My Maker, And Have To Admit That “I DIDNT TRY HARD ENOUGH” To Do The Right Thing… To Fight For The “TRUTH”… To “FIGHT FOR FREEDOM”… To Fight For “OUR CHILDREN”…The Main Thing That God Wants Us To Do The Most, And Pretty Much All God Asks From Any Of Us… Is To Love Other People, As We Love Ourselves… Wow! I’m Not Seeing “Do Unto Others”, Here In This Thread At All… Good Luck w/ That One… I’ll Pray For Realization For Each, And Every One Of You Conspiracy Condoners… I’ll Pray Hard For The Dawning Of Realization To Come Over All Of You… Before We All Wake Up In A Communist Controlled World Of Pure Hell… God Help Us All… 🙏🏻

    December 1, 2021

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