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Donald Trump is one of many rich, powerful men connected to Jeffrey Epstein. Here’s what we know about their friendship and their common associates.

The real connection between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein

Charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are in connection to deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly trafficked at least dozens of girls, some of whom were minors. Epstein also had powerful friends, including current U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Donald Trump is one of many rich, powerful men connected to Jeffrey Epstein, including former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Whether any evidence that Trump was involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring will come out in Ghislaine Maxwell’s case remains to be seen. 

In either case, Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump have a long history together and have common connections. Here’s what we know about their friendship and their common associates. 

When Jeffrey met Donald

Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump met around 1987 as Epstein climbed the financial investment ladder. Epstein had his own financial firm at this point. Trump was still a real estate mogul and his foray into politics was a way off. However, both were in elite social circles in New York and the Palm Beach area. 

What happens at Mar-A-Largo

Jeffrey Epstein was a frequent guest at Donald Trump’s Florida golf course. The two were photographed together there multiple times. In 1992, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein were both at a party at Mar-A-Largo featuring twenty-eight “calendar girls.” 

However, Trump banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after an incident involving a member’s underage daughter. When asked about the incident Donald Trump responded: “Something along those lines happened.” Could this mean they weren’t as close as everyone thought?

The alleged falling out

After Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of soliciting a prostitute and soliciting a minor, Donald Trump claims he had nothing to do with him. He further claims they were mere acquaintances and not close friends. 

However, Donald Trump made an earlier statement that he and Jeffrey Epstein were close. In a 2002 statement in New York Magazine, Trump said “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy . . . It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” 

Donald Trump also flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet multiple times. According to a former aide of Trump’s, he was close to Epstein and mainly liked him because he was rich. 

Sexual assault 

Jeffrey Epstein isn’t the only one of them that faced sexual assault charges. Several women, some who were as young as thirteen, came forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them. Unlike Epstein, Trump has not been formally charged with sexual assault. 

However, the claims against Donald Trump are as disturbing as the ones against Epstein. Particularly, per victims’ statements, Donald Trump had people threaten his victims if they came forward. 

There was another connection. During the 2016 presidential election, a lawsuit against Donald Trump was dropped where the plaintiff claimed he sexually assaulted her at one of Jeffrey Epstein’s parties. However, many media outlets deemed her story “unreliable” and Trump came forward to call it “categorically false.” 

Connections in Donald Trump’s cabinet

There are connections to Jeffrey Epstein in Donald Trump’s presidential cabinet. Alex Acosta, the US attorney responsible for Epstein’s lenient sentence, was nominated to be Trump’s Secretary of Labor. Also, current Attorney General William Barr’s father was headmaster at Dalton school and hired Epstein to teach physics and mathematics there. 

When Jeffrey Epstein’s case reappeared in the public consciousness, Alex Acosta resigned from his position. Donald Trump released a statement that Acosta stepped down to not reflect badly on the administration. Acosta was still probed in a Justice Department investigation in light of the new charges against Epstein. 

By contrast, William Barr refused to recuse himself in Jeffrey Epstein’s case despite public pressure to do so. However, Barr recused himself in the Acosta probe.

Donald Trump isn’t the only notable person to have been associated with Jeffrey Epstein. Check out our article all about Epstein’s celebrity friends.

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  • How about Bill C. ?

    July 16, 2020
    • We have a few articles focused on Bill Clinton and Epstein’s relationship. Check them out here!

      August 31, 2020
    • Yep, #onthelist

      September 16, 2020
  • I think Trump is complicit in Epstein’s forays and should be duly investigated thoroughly

    July 22, 2020
  • Was he a frequent flier, or did he just rub elbows with Epstein?

    August 7, 2020
  • Are we all so gullible that we can’t recognise the good old boys club? All these men new exactly what was going on and many, including our president, took part in their fun. They new when Epstien got off in florida. Do you really believe Trump appointed Acosta to his cabinet and is so close to Bill Barr by accident? They all new what was going on and are still trying to make us believe they were just shocked when they found out about the island. Are we all suppose to be stupid? Unfortunately, for the country l love, the answere is yes, way too many

    August 14, 2020
  • I am praying he just rubbed elbow. I hope trump is clean and that he just happened to know him. And I wanna see truth and facts.. cant wait til everything is in the light.

    August 20, 2020
    • They were great buddies. Donald and Jeffrey partied alot. The girl Donald raped in 1994 at epsteins NY mansion had her life threatened when she tried to sue both of them. This was in 2016.

      December 15, 2020
    • I’m just gonna toss this out there and see if you catch it. on Howard’s Sterns show, Trump bragged about grabbing woman by the “pussy”
      Because He thought he was entitled just for being Donald Trump.
      over 26 Women and girls including from Miss ten patent had testified to a cornucopia of bad acts and sexual misconduct including rape. If you still think he has nothing to do with Epistein, you are delusional.

      March 17, 2022
  • #SaveOurChildren

    August 20, 2020
  • I don’t think Trump is innocent at all. Recently the 10 page document filed by Jane Doe Does not appear to be so innocent. She had a witness who had been an employee who worked at Epstein’s mansion and a school mate who Jane Doe told about the rape and assault by Trump and Epstein. It is spelled out quite well. Trump has a reputation of threatening people and he told Jane Doe she could disappear like 12 year old Maria had disappeared.

    October 28, 2020
  • Everyone with a radio or TV in this world needs to know for sure what Donald Trump is all about. I hope the 13 yr.old comesback with all the details including how she has been threatened. What a perverte monster “the Donald”is. Kelsey, don’t settle out of court. Do what you need to do.

    May 26, 2021
  • To all those who claim to be loyal Democrats please protest loudly if they attempt to parade Mr. Clinton on stage during any upcoming midterms and 2024 Presidential election events. For all those loyal Republicans you should boo Mr. Trump off the stage when he makes an appearance. If we all can agree on one thing these days, especially in this political divided era, there is no room for pedophiles in our politics or any government position.

    January 2, 2022

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