Fox News on Sunday repeatedly featured a well-known photo of convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein posing with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago — but each time Trump was edited out of the image.
However, Trump’s future wife, Melania Knauss, was not cropped from the photo, which can be viewed in the video above.
The segment focused on longtime Epstein associate and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell — also in the photo — who allegedly recruited and groomed teenage sex victims for Epstein, according to charges announced as she was arrested last week. Maxwell has denied the allegations.
On Monday, a Fox News spokesperson in a statement Trump was ”mistakenly eliminated” from the photo and that the network regrets “the error.”
Epstein and Maxwell for years moved in the same New York social circles as Trump, who called Epstein a “fun” and “terrific guy” in a now-infamous New York magazine interview in 2002.
“It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side,” the future president added.
Police began investigating Epstein in 2005, and he was charged in Florida the following year with several counts of unlawful sex acts with a minor. He eventually pleaded guilty to two lesser counts carrying an 18-month sentence as part of a controversial plea deal.
Following Maxwell’s arrest, Trump’s son Eric tweeted a photo of former President Bill Clinton walking daughter Chelsea down an aisle at her wedding in 2010. Maxwell appears to be one of the wedding guests in the background. Trump commented: “Birds of a feather.”
He was quickly inundated with replies showing the Mar-a-Lago photo, and others of his dad with both Epstein and Maxwell. The tweet vanished the following day.
Eric Trump, who tweeted earlier about Bill Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell, was literally himself on his dad’s private jet with her. FFS. You cannot make this stuff up. https://t.co/dz7jo9H002
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 3, 2020
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) July 3, 2020
This story has been updated with the Fox News statement that Trump’s omission from the photo was a mistake.
Also on HuffPost
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.