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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany set the record straight on President Trump’s recent comment about accused sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell.
When asked about the British socialite during Tuesday’s presser, Trump noted that he hadn’t been following the case, but that he “wished her well,” and added that he met Maxwell several times in Palm Beach over the years.
President Trump is arguably not your typical PR-polished politician, and his freewheeling, unconventional style often provides fodder for his critics and enemies.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier said the president’s remarks raised eyebrows and seemed like a strange answer to a lot of people, but the always-prepared McEnany had a response in readiness.
“What the president was noting is that the last person who was charged in this case ended up dead in a jail cell, and the president wants justice to be served for the victims in this case, and he prefers this to play out in a courtroom.”
Kayleigh was, of course, referring to billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who reportedly committed suicide last August while in federal custody in Manhattan, pending charges of sex trafficking.
(Source: Fox News)
McEnany insisted to an apparently somewhat skeptical Baier that she discussed the reasoning behind Trump’s answer directly with the president.
“This president is the president that banned Jeffrey Epstein from coming to Mar-a-Lago. This president was always on top of this, ahead of this…banning this man from his property long before this case was even being played out in a court of law,” she added.
After being arrested by the FBI, Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse-related charges. Her trial is not scheduled to commence until about one year from now.
Maxwell is currently being held without bail in New York even though the coronavirus is running particularly rampant in the nation’s correctional facilities, prompting prison officials to release convicted felons in various jurisdictions.
“Authorities allege she helped entice and transport minors to engage in sexual acts in the mid-1990s,” The Hill explained.
At least one of her longtime friends has expressed concern about Maxwell’s safety while in prison and awaiting trial, particularly amid reports that she may be cooperating with investigators.
One of Epstein’s alleged former sex slaves claims that Maxwell, 58, rather than Epstein was the actual mastermind behind the pedophile ring.
In January, President Trump signed an executive order expanding the administration’s fight against human trafficking.
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