Donald Trump has spoken out about his relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell, and what he said is frankly astounding.
Ever since Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and death a year ago, conspiracy theorists have been trying to connect the dots between multiple powerful people and institutions.
We know that Epstein and his ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell were cozy with many influential men, including Prince Andrew and Donald Trump. And now Trump has made a confounding statement about Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial on multiple felony charges.
We also know that Epstein and Maxwell operated in Florida near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. In fact, several of the women who accused Epstein and Maxwell of recruiting them for his international sex trafficking ring claim that Maxwell handpicked them from Mar-a-Lago.
During Trump’s press briefing this week, a reporter asked about his thoughts on Ghislaine Maxwell. His response? “I just wish her well, frankly.”
That is… not the kind of answer one expects from the President of the United States about this kind of situation. Although Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges, federal prosecutors believe that they have a strong case.
Trump claimed that he wasn’t really following the case and didn’t have much of an opinion, other than wishing her well. He did state that he had met her multiple times, since they both lived in Palm Beach. Trump also claimed to have no idea what’s happening regarding the investigation into Prince Andrew’s potential involvement.
He couldn’t claim to have never met her since we’ve all seen the photo of Trump, Melania, Epstein, and Maxwell cozied up to each other at a party.
You can see him answering the question below:
JUST IN: Pres. Trump on Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime companion of infamous sex offender Jeffrey Epstein: "I just wish her well, frankly."
— ABC News (@ABC) July 21, 2020
Given how critical Trump tends to be about people in his orbit, it’s interesting to note his cordial message to Maxwell. However, comments on social media ranged from shocked and appalled to deeply suspicious about Trump’s motives.
Republican Congressman Chip Roy, of Texas, tweeted “This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes.” He believes that Maxwell deserves to be “severely punished,” if found guilty.
Some social media posters went even further, wondering if the message was actually a veiled threat. Many of those watching the case expect Maxwell to name some very high-profile names. That is, if she cuts a deal with the prosecution.
They cite the suspicious death of Epstein while in custody and wonder if Maxwell will live until her trial next year. It’s also curious that US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who was pursuing the case against Maxwell, was forced out by Attorney General William Barr last month. If that was an attempt to halt the investigation, it didn’t work. One of the first actions Berman’s replacement, Audrey Strauss, undertook was to order Maxwell’s arrest.
One thing is for certain: This case is a distressing reminder at how those in power abuse vulnerable people. We hope that the victims are able to finally receive justice.