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Trump says he 'was not a fan' of Jeffrey Epstein, who he once called a 'terrific guy'

President Trump on Tuesday distanced himself from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, saying he "was not a fan" of his after having in an old interview described him as a "terrific guy."

Trump spoke in the Oval Office a day after Epstein was arrested and hit with sex trafficking charges as prosecutors said he abused dozens of underage girls. The president said that he and Epstein, who he described as a "fixture in Palm Beach," had a "falling out" about 15 years ago and haven't spoken since. A lawyer for Trump had previously denied that the two ever had a "social relationship."

"I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you," Trump said of Epstein on Tuesday.

Trump, however, sure sounded like a fan of Epstein's in 2002, when he described him in a New York Magazine article as a "terrific guy" who is "a lot of fun" and "likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side." Brendan Morrow