When asked in a briefing about Ghislaine Maxwell - the accused accomplice and former partner of Jeffrey Epstein, US President Donald Trump said he wished her “well”. It’s gone down like a lead balloon.
US President Donald Trump's comments about Ghislaine Maxwell - the recently charged girlfriend of now-deceased paedophile Jeffery Epstein - have seen a flood of comments online and old photographs of the trio resurface.
Trump wished Maxwell "well" during a press briefing on Tuesday, after she was charged for recruiting, grooming and sexually abusing teenagers as young as 14 -- allegedly aiding her then-partner Epstein.
In the briefing, Trump was asked about his thoughts on Maxwell's charges, and asked: "Do you feel she's going to turn in powerful men and how do you see that working out for you?"
He responded by saying he hadn't been following her case too much, and then this:
"I just wish her well, frankly. 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," Trump said on Tuesday.
Maxwell is currently being held in a New York federal jail in Brooklyn, she was refused bail by a judge on the basis that she was a flight risk. Her trial is set to take place on July 12, 2021.
The comments have led to a flurry of reactions online, including the posting of old photos of Trump posing with Maxwell and Epstein.
The photo E.Jean Carroll posted is of the trio, along with the US first lady Melania Trump at Donald Trump's Florida club, Mar-a-lago.
Trump's well-wishes have prompted some to comb through his past comments about the Central Park Five, a group of teenagers of colour, who were wrongly convicted of sexually assaulting a white woman. The group was convicted in 1991, and this was overturned in 2002.
Others have scrutinised his management of COVID-19 and the over 140,000 lives lost in the United States since the pandemic began.