Trump kicked out Epstein from Mar-a-Lago Club after pedophile targeted fellow member's daughter, says new book

The president, who distanced himself the late financier, reportedly took the step to save his brand from getting tarnished


                            Trump kicked out Epstein from Mar-a-Lago Club after pedophile targeted fellow member's daughter, says new book
President Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has been accused in the past of being involved in late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking and child-rape scandal. Images of him socializing with Epstein and his tainted partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, have also spoken controversies. But now, a new revelation has shown the president in a positive light vis-à-vis Epstein. A new book has claimed that Trump had kicked Epstein out from his Mar-a-Lago resort after the latter made ugly advances on young girls. 

The book, ‘The Grifter’s Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency’, has claimed that Epstein’s account at the resort was closed in October 2007 after another member complained that he “made an advance on her teenage daughter”. The book, which has been authored by investigative journalists, speaks on the president’s exclusive Palm Beach resort in Florida where those seeking access to him are ready to spend massive money on memberships to promote their agenda. Epstein’s membership has been an issue for Trump ever since the former’s arrest last year on charges of trafficking children for sexual activities. He died in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019. 

A protest group called 'Hot Mess' holds up signs of Jeffrey Epstein and President Donald Trump in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)

 

Ghislaine is said to have picked up one of her boss’s victims when she was just 16 and worked as a locker-room attendant at Trump’s resort. The Trump Organization said in the past that Epstein spent time at the resort but was never a member. After Epstein was arrested in July last year, Trump publicly disavowed him to say at the Oval Office that he hadn’t spoken to him in 15 years after a fallout. He also said that the tainted financier was never a member of Mar-a-Lago. Trump also said that he had never been a fan of Epstein. In a 2002 interview with New York Magazine, Trump called Epstein a “terrific guy” and said “he’s a lot of fun to be with”. Trump, whose own record of honoring women is also dubious, added: “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

'Epstein was Mar-a-Lago member'

The new book has contested the claims to say that Epstein was indeed a member of the president’s famed club and the two stopped talking after the former was thrown out from Mar-a-Lago following the incident involving a fellow club member’s young daughter came to the fore. One of the book’s co-authors cited sources to say that Trump took the step as the incident could hurt his brand’s image. 

The investigative reporter from The Miami Herald, Sarah Blaskey, who is also one of the authors of the new book, cited another member of the club who said Trump “kicked Epstein out after Epstein harassed the daughter of a member. The way this person described it, such an act could irreparably harm the Trump brand, leaving Donald no choice but to remove Epstein”, The Miami Herald reported. Along with Blaskey, Nicholas Nehamas and Jay Weaver from The Miami Herald and Caitlin Ostroff of The Wall Street Journal also penned the book. 

The authors also went through the club’s registry book from more than a decade ago and it was revealed that Epstein had been a member till October 2007. “The member lists we saw were essentially spreadsheets. They listed current members, honorary members and former members. Red cells indicate the closed account details for former members,” Nehamas was quoted as saying by The Miami Herald. “Most closed accounts are labeled ‘Resigned’ and then the date that the membership ended. Epstein’s account says ‘Account closed 10/07’,” she said.

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