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Jeffrey Epstein reportedly bragged he introduced Trump to Melania



President Donald Trump has sought to distance himself from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy, playing down their past relationship.

Epstein, however, attempted to highlight his connections to the new commander-in-chief — and the first lady. After Trump was elected president, Epstein started claiming that he was the one who introduced Trump to then-Slovenian model Melania Knauss, The New York Times reported.

But the first lady’s account of how she met Trump met doesn’t mention Epstein at all. She told Vanity Fair for a 2017 profile that she was at a party during Fashion Week 1998 at the Kit Kat Club in Times Square, thrown by Metropolitan Models co-owner Paolo Zampolli.

Melania told Vanity Fair that Trump approached her while his own date was in the bathroom and asked for her phone number. She then “proudly” recounted how she asked Trump for his instead.

Trump has never mentioned Epstein’s alleged involvement in their romance, either.

Zampolli also said that he introduced the couple in the book “ The Method to the Madness,” The New York Post reported, and called Epstein’s claim “B S.”

Read more: Trump once hosted an exclusive party with Jeffrey Epstein at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a new report says. It was just the 2 of them and ’28 girls.’

Portrait of American financier Jeffrey Epstein (left) and real estate developer Donald Trump as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1997.
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Epstein wouldn’t have been out of place that night during New York Fashion Week, since he had established contacts within the modeling industry by that point.

Epstein had also moved into his New York residence by 1998, and stories from his accusers detail his presence in the modeling industry, with one former model saying she’s been told he was “in charge of Victoria’s Secret.” Epstein had a close relationship with Les Wexner, the CEO of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company.

The New York Times also reported that Trump and Epstein once held an event by themselves with roughly two dozen women flown in for a “calendar girls” competition.

For a 2002 profile of Epstein in New York Magazine, Trump said the financier was a “terrific guy” and “a lot of fun to be with.” He noted that Epstein “likes beautiful women,” with many “on the younger side.”

Since Epstein was charged, Trump has said they had “ a falling out a long time ago.”

“The reason doesn’t make any difference, frankly,” Trump said on July 12. “But I haven’t spoken to him in probably 15 years or more. I wasn’t a big fan of Jeffrey Epstein, that I can tell you.”

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