“I just wish him good luck, frankly,” Trump said during a White House press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump admitted to meeting Maxwell “many times” over the years, but said he did not follow his case.
The President was also asked if he thought Maxwell was going to turn against powerful men, including Prince Andrew, who has come under public pressure to explain his relationship with Epstein and one of his accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. . Giuffre alleged that she was coerced into sex with the prince when she was underage.
Trump replied to Maxwell, “I don’t know. I didn’t really follow him too much. I just wish him luck, frankly. I have met her several times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish him good luck. Either way. I don’t know the situation with Prince Andrew. I do not know. I do not know. ”
Maxwell is a former confidant and ex-girlfriend of Epstein – the alleged billionaire sex trafficker who committed suicide in prison last year.
Maxwell is charged with incitement and conspiracy to induce minors to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury. She was deprived of bail last week. She denied any wrongdoing.
The federal judge who ordered Maxwell to remain in jail pending trial said her significant financial resources, international ties and “extraordinary ability to avoid detection” put her at risk of flight.
CNN’s Erica Orden and Kara Scannell contributed to this report.