White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that President Donald Trump told her he has not had contact with Jeffrey Epstein in “over a decade” and that the president finds the recent charges of sex trafficking against the billionaire financier “completely unconscionable.”
“I talked to the president this morning. He hasn’t talked or had contact with Epstein in years and years and years — and over a decade at least, he said,” Conway told reporters.
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“He doesn’t think he’s talked to him or seen him in 10 or 15 years,” Conway later said. “And he, like everyone else, sees these charges, the description of these charges against Epstein, as completely unconscionable and obviously criminal. Disgusting, really.”
Conway also defended Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who is facing calls from Democratic lawmakers to resign for his role as a U.S. attorney at the time in negotiating Epstein’s 2008 plea deal on sex abuse charges, which resulted in a lenient sentence.
“I hope we’re all paying attention to who the true perpetrator is here,” Conway said, adding that Trump first met Acosta “when Alex applied and got the job” in his Cabinet.
“He’s doing a great job. I mean, look at the economy,” Conway said of Acosta’s performance at the Labor Department.
Trump is likely to face increased scrutiny in the coming days for his relationship with Epstein, who had ties to many high-profile public figures, including former President Bill Clinton. Epstein was charged Monday by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York in a federal sex trafficking indictment. He has pleaded not guilty.