President Donald Trump weighed in on the recent arrest of wealthy alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on Tuesday, saying that he was not a fan of Epstein's and that he had a falling out with Epstein approximately 15 years ago.
Epstein, who was arrested on Saturday and indicted on child sex trafficking charges, was given a deal of a lifetime in 2008 when he pled guilty to state charges of "one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution with a minor under the age of 18," according to the Miami Herald. Epstein was imprisoned for 13 months in the private wing of a county prison and was given "work release privileges, which enabled him to leave the jail six days a week, for 12 hours a day, to go to a comfortable office that Epstein had set up in West Palm Beach."
Trump weighed in on the situation today, including on the involvement of current Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta in Epstein's 2008 deal, while answering questions from journalists in the White House.
"I met Secretary Acosta when I made the deal to bring him on into the administration, I can tell you that for two and half years he’s been just an excellent Secretary of Labor. He's done a fantastic job. Now, part of it is, our economy is so good, our unemployment numbers are at record lows, so many good things are happening. The fact is he's been a very good secretary of labor. What happened 12 or 15 years ago with respect to when he was a U.S. Attorney … If you go back and look at everybody else’s decisions, whether it's a U.S. Attorney or an Assistant U.S. Attorney or a judge, you go back 12 or 15 years ago or 20 years ago and look at their past decisions, I would think you probably find that they would wish they maybe did it a different way."
"I do hear there are a lot of people involved in that decision, and not just him. I can only say this, from what I know and what I do know, which is he's been a great, really great Secretary of Labor. The rest of it, we will have to look at. We will have to look at it very carefully. But you're talking about a long time ago. Again, it was a decision made I think not by him but by a lot of people. So we are going to look at it very carefully. We will be looking at that very carefully."
Speaking of Epstein, Trump said, "I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don't think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years. I wasn't a fan. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you. I was not a fan of his. I feel badly for Secretary Acosta, because I have known him as being somebody who works so hard and has done such a good job. I feel very badly about that whole situation but we’re going to be looking at that and looking at it very closely."