July 11, 2019
Before Donald Trump purchased Mar-a-Lago in 1985—and converted the 20-acre property in Palm Beach into a posh, private club that opened in 1995—he held a very hush-hush, exclusive party at the estate in 1992, according to a July 9 report by The New York Times.
The event was attended by just Trump and his then-friend New York financier Jeffrey Epstein—as well as 28 beautiful women, flown in just for the occasion.
Florida businessman George Houraney told the Times that he was the one who fulfilled Trump’s request for a “calendar girl competition.”
“I arranged to have some contestants fly in,” Houraney told the Times in an interview. “At the very first party, I said, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming.’ It was him and Epstein.”
Houraney, who previously had partnered with Trump to host events at his casinos, said he was surprised. “I said, ‘Donald, this is supposed to be a party with V.I.P.s. You’re telling me it’s you and Epstein?’”
What happened at that party can only be the subject of conjecture; however, since then, Epstein has been registered as a sex offender; has spent some nights in jail in Florida after cutting a deal with then-U.S. Attorney (and now Secretary of Labor) Alex Acosta; and has this past weekend been indicted on sex trafficking charges by the Southern District of New York.
While the Times said that Trump had not responded to a request for comment earlier this week, the president talked to the media from his desk in the Oval Office—distancing himself Epstein. Back in the 1990s, the president said that he “knew [Epstein] like everybody in Palm Beach knew him.”
But Trump added: “I had a falling out with him. I haven’t spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you.”
However, the Times pointed out, while the president has dismissed the relationship, Epstein has played it up since the election—claiming that he was the one who introduced Trump to his third wife, Melania.
Former President Bill Clinton released a statement on his relationship with the disgraced financier.
Epstein has been accused of trafficking dozens, maybe hundreds, of young teenage girls over the years—sending them across state lines for sex with him and his clients. His main accuser says she was 14 and wearing braces at the time she was approached by Epstein.
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