Donald Trump’s dubious relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein has been well-documented, with plenty of photos and videos available of the two partying together at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion or around the New York party scene. Epstein and Trump were also named in the infamous Jane Doe rape lawsuit, which alleged the two men raped the teenage Doe, who was fourteen at the time of the incident.
Trump’s troublesome past with women is also just as well-documented, as is his close relationship with his eldest daughter, Ivanka. Trump famously told the panel on The View that Ivanka wasn’t his daughter, perhaps he’d be dating her. He also once spoke of his friendship with Epstein, saying that they both had beautiful women in common, and that both “maybe liked them a little too young”. Trump and his then-girlfriend, Melania Knauss, were also photographed with Epstein and his occasional girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently in prison for her participation in sex trafficking during her time with Epstein. Trump famously dismissed the controversy around Maxwell’s arrest, “wishing her well” despite her knowledge of his own involvement with Epstein.So it’s disturbing to see a photo of a very young Ivanka Trump, along with her older brother, Eric, being squashed by her father as he introduces his kids to Epstein. The photo (which is included in the new book The Spider: Inside the Criminal Web of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, by Barry Levine, set to be released Tuesday, October 20) was taken at the opening of the Harley Davidson Cafe in New York City in 1993, when Ivanka was twelve years old.
There’s no indication that Epstein was ever inappropriate with Ivanka Trump, but seeing her in close proximity to someone her father knew shared his preference for young girls is unsettling.
Epstein was found dead in his prison cell at the age of 66 as he was awaiting sentencing. Trump has continued to distance himself from the pedophile billionaire even as his own history of sexual assault continues to be an issue in the weeks leading up to the 2020 Presidential election.