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Photo of Trump with daughter manipulated to include Jeffrey Epstein

July 9, 2019

CLAIM: Photo shows Donald Trump kissing the head of a young Ivanka Trump next to a Harley Davidson motorcycle and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested Saturday on child sex trafficking charges.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The 1993 photograph of Trump and Ivanka next to a motorcycle has been manipulated to include Epstein, a 66-year-old hedge fund manager who was charged Monday with sexually abusing dozens of girls at his New York and Florida homes. He pleaded not guilty Monday to the sex trafficking charges.  Epstein was registered as a sex offender after entering into a 2008 plea deal to avoid prosecution on federal charges of molesting teenage girls.

THE FACTS: The photo was taken Oct. 19, 1993, at the grand opening of the Harley-Davidson Cafe in New York City, when Trump was best known for his real estate dealings. Celebrity photographer Ron Galella is credited with taking the picture, which can be found in the Getty Images archives.

The image was manipulated to add Epstein, standing in a blue pullover and jeans. It has been circulating widely on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some social media posts include the caption “it is NOT normal” with the altered image.

Epstein has counted several high-profile businessmen and politicians among his friends, including Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Great Britain’s Prince Andrew.

Trump described Epstein as a “terrific guy” who he’d known for 15 years during a 2002 New York Magazine interview.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Tuesday that the president hasn’t had contact with Epstein in over a decade and views the charges against him as “disgusting.”

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