Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

NBC Obtained Trump-Epstein Footage After Trump Kissed an Anchor Without Consent

NBC Obtained Trump-Epstein Footage After Trump Kissed an Anchor Without Consent

New footage has emerged showing President Donald Trump partying with Jeffrey Epstein at his Mar-a-Lago estate in 1992 as the president now attempts to distance himself from the since-convicted sex offender.

Earlier this month, Trump acknowledged knowing or having made acquaintance with Epstein, but he greatly diminished any specific interactions between the two billionaires.

Mr Trump is seen greeting Epstein to the event at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida, and talking to him as they watch women dance in the footage uncovered by NBC News.

The video, in which Trump is 46, was shot more than a decade before Epstein pleaded guilty to felony prostitution charges in Florida.

The video emerged after the U.S. president attempted to distance himself from Mr Epstein, who was charged with sex trafficking earlier this month. The video shows the then-real estate tycoon hanging out with Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, who were down in Florida for a game against the Miami Dolphins. "Last Tuesday, President Trump reacted to Epstein's arrest, saying he is "not a fan" of the hedge fund manager after a "falling out" 15 years ago". Epstein will learn Thursday whether he'll be allowed to go home or spend the time before trial behind bars.

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Trump said he couldn't be bothered to learn Ocasio-Cortez's name, telling his audience that he would simply call her "Cortez". Tlaib decried "the normalization" of Trump's remarks as well as 'the fact that it's against our core American values.

"Uh-huh. I know. That's great", Trump responded, adding: "It was so open and nice".

The video, found in the NBC News archives, was filmed for a talk show at the time called "A Closer Look".

The clips are evocative of a quote Trump gave to New York Magazine in 2002: "I've known Jeff for fifteen years".

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough can be heard scoffing at Trump and Epstein's seemingly cozy interaction at the November 1992 party. "Terrific guy", he said. "He was a fixture in West Palm Beach", he said from the White House's Oval Office. "No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life". Following this, the video shows Trump off to the side, taking a break from dancing and chatting with Epstein and an unknown man. Trump appeared to be bragging to both men about how attractive the women on the dance floor are.

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