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Real Pic of Trump and Jeffrey Epstein in 1997?


A photo authentically depicts Donald Trump and financier Jeffrey Epstein together in 1997.


In June 2024, in the wake of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in which he was found guilty of 34 felonies, the internet brought to surface a photo of Trump — at the time, best-known as a real estate developer — with the financier Jeffrey Epstein at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Epstein was later charged with sex-trafficking underage girls, and he died by suicide behind bars in 2019.

The photo, taken on Jan. 1, 1997, authentically depicts Trump and Epstein. It was not AI-generated or otherwise digitally altered. The photo can be found on Getty Images, published by Davidoff Studios Photography. It’s captioned:

The relationship between Trump and Epstein has long been the focus of intense scrutiny, given that they shared a social circle both in New York and Florida.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump is famously quoted as saying of Epstein in an interview for New York magazine in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. 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.”

Another photo, taken on Feb. 12, 2000, authentically depicts (from left to right) Trump, his future wife Melania Trump (Melania Knavs at the time), Epstein and his longtime partner Ghislaine Maxwell, who was later convicted of sex-trafficking underage girls.

The photo also can be found on Getty Images, published by Davidoff Studios. It’s captioned:

A rumor said that Donald Trump once called Jeffrey Epstein a terrific guy and said the words, it is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side(Getty Images)

However, following Epstein’s 2008 conviction for sex offenses and new charges for sex trafficking and Trump’s foray into politics, the friendship apparently waned.

On July 9, 2019, the day after Epstein appeared in court for the second time on charges of sexual abuse of underage girls, Trump told reporters: “I had a falling out a long time ago with him. I don’t think I’ve spoken to him in 15 years.” He continued, “I was not a fan of his.” Epstein hanged himself in jail while awaiting trial on the sex-trafficking charges.

We’ve previously reported on other images depicting the two men, including one that was AI-generated and another that was doctored.


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