President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that he didn’t know Prince Andrew, Duke of York, regardless that photographs present they’ve recognized one another since at the least 2000.
Throughout a press convention on the NATO summit in London, a reporter requested Trump for his ideas on Prince Andrew stepping down from his royal duties attributable to backlash over his longtime friendship with (now-deceased) convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein. The prince has additionally been accused of engaging in sex acts with a minor, who alleges she was ordered to take action by Epstein.
“I don’t know Prince Andrew, however that’s a troublesome story, it’s a really robust story,” Trump replied. “I don’t know him.”
However photographs of the 2 males rubbing shoulders at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort on February 12, 2000 (one in all which is pictured above) suggests in any other case, as do a number of photographs of them collectively as recently as this June throughout Trump’s state go to to the U.Okay.
It’s not the primary time Trump has tried to distance himself from pals and associates mired in scandal, together with Epstein, regardless of photographs and even his personal phrases blatantly contradicting his denials.
Shortly after Epstein was charged with intercourse trafficking of minors in July, Trump claimed he “wasn’t a fan” of the now-dead billionaire regardless that he’d advised New York Journal in 2002 that Epstein was a “terrific man” who additionally appreciated ladies “on the youthful aspect.”
Moreover, Trump took a photograph with Epstein at Mar-A-Lago–which was coincidentally taken on the identical day as his picture with Prince Andrew.
Watch Trump throughout Tuesday’s press convention under:
Trump: “I do not know Prince Andrew” pic.twitter.com/x45phUTnpR
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) December 3, 2019