Donald Trump wishes Ghislaine Maxwell ‘well’ ahead of high-profile trial

Donald Trump has wished Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and ex-girlfriend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, "well" as she awaits trial in a high-profile case in the US.

The president was speaking at a White House press conference where he was asked by a journalist if Maxwell will "turn in powerful people", including the Duke of York.

President Trump said: "I don't know, I haven't really been following it too much.

"I just wish her well frankly. I have met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach and I guess they lived in Palm Beach.

"But I wish her well, whatever it is."

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From left, American real estate developer Donald Trump and his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, financier (and future convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Guest, Piers Morgan and Ghislaine Maxwell attend BREAKFAST WITH LUCIAN by Geordie Greig at Private Residence on October 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
(L-R) Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, and musician Michael Bolton pose for a portrait during a party at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
The Duke of York leaves the wedding of a former girlfriend Aurelia Cecil to Rupert Stephenson at the Parish Church of St Michael in Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury. The Duke of York left with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late Robert Maxwell.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women's Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: Ghislaine Maxwell attends Polo Ralph Lauren host Victories of Athlete Ally at Polo Ralph Lauren Store on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Ghislaine Maxwell attends NATIONAL URBAN TECH CENTER 2014 Gala at Three Sixty on June 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: TerraMar's Ghislaine Maxwell (L) and his holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa attend a reception at Ghislaine Maxwell’s residence after "StarTalk Live! Water World" Panel Discussion on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 05: TerraMar's Ghislaine Maxwell attends a reception at Ghislaine Maxwell’s residence after "StarTalk Live! Water World" Panel Discussion on June 05, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 5: Ghislaine Maxwell attends Vanessa Noel Hosts Barbara Taylor Bradford's new book "Cavendon Hall" at Vanessa Noel on June 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Ghislaine Maxwell attends EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC Annual Children's Benefit Gala at Capitale on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Ghislaine Maxwell attends BREAKFAST WITH LUCIAN by Geordie Greig at Private Residence on October 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Ghislaine Maxwell attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 15: Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, with a Performance by Rod Stewart at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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He added: "I don't know the situation with Prince Andrew. I just don't know. I am not aware of it."

Maxwell was told by a New York judge last week when she appeared at a court via videolink that she will remain in custody while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors for Epstein.

Maxwell, who pleaded not guilty, will go on trial in July 2021.

Andrew stepped down from public royal life in November last year after his disastrous Newsnight interview in which he failed to show remorse over his friendship with Epstein, who took his own life while in prison.

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Ghislaine Maxwell with the Duke of York (Chris Ison/PA)

One of Epstein's victims, Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by the financier, alleges that Andrew had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.

Andrew, who categorically denies any wrongdoing, has been urged to come forward and be interviewed by US prosecutors.

These calls were renewed after his friend Maxwell appeared in court accused of facilitating Epstein's sexual exploitation of underage girls.

Andrew's legal team has stressed he has made three offers to help with investigations.

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