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In an in­ter­view with Ax­ios po­lit­i­cal re­porter Jonathan Swan Mon­day night on HBO, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump once again wished ac­cused child sex traf­ficker Ghis­laine Maxwell “well.”

Maxwell was ar­rested re­cently in New Hamp­shire, and stands ac­cused of fa­cil­i­tat­ing pe­dophile Jef­frey Epstein’s abuse of young women. Trump had al­ready made head­lines by wish­ing the one-time Bri­tish so­cialite well, and on Mon­day dou­bled down on those re­marks when Swan listed Maxwell’s charges.

When Swan asked why Trump would wish Maxwell well, he replied: “Her friend or her boyfriend was ei­ther killed or com­mit­ted sui­cide in jail. She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well, I wish you well, I wish a lot of peo­ple well.”

Maxwell was ar­rested on July 2 in New Hamp­shire and charged with en­tice­ment of mi­nors, sex traf­fick­ing of chil­dren and per­jury. Maxwell was for decades an as­so­ciate of Epstein, the dis­graced fi­nancier who faced fed­eral sex traf­fick­ing charges but killed him­self in a U.S. prison in Au­gust of last year, be­fore he could face trial. Her trial is sched­uled for July 2021.

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