Donald Trump denies he knows Prince Andrew despite picture of them

Donald Trump has denied knowing Prince Andrew despite meeting him in June this year. 

The US President was asked for his thoughts on the Duke of York stepping down from royal duties at a NATO press conference in London this morning. 

He said: ‘I don’t know Prince Andrew,’ before describing his links with convicted US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein as a ‘tough story’.  

But the US leader was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Andrew, 59, at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace during his state visit to London in June. 

The pair were also pictured together alongside First Lady Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2000 at a party also attended by sex offender Epstein and his then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. 

It comes the day after Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Guiffre told BBC’s Panorama programme she was sexually abused by him. 

Donald Trump was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Andrew, 59, at Westminster Abbey in June

Donald Trump was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Andrew, 59, at Westminster Abbey in June

Donald Trump was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Andrew, 59, at Westminster Abbey in June 

The pair were also pictured together alongside First Lady Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2000 at a party also attended by sex offender Epstein (second right)

The pair were also pictured together alongside First Lady Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2000 at a party also attended by sex offender Epstein (second right)

The pair were also pictured together alongside First Lady Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2000 at a party also attended by sex offender Epstein (second right) 

Trump is pictured next to Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey on June 3 this year

Trump is pictured next to Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey on June 3 this year

Trump is pictured next to Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey on June 3 this year 

Describing him as ‘hideous and sweaty’, she claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke three times.

One of the times, after a night out at Tramp nightclub in London, she was just 17. 

Prince Andrew has consistently denied the claims, telling Newsnight during his car crash interview that he had no recollection of ever meeting her. 

A picture of them together he claims has been doctored. 

Other images of Trump and Andrew together include one at No10 Downing Street where he met former Prime Minister Theresa May.

There are also ones of them walking through the grounds of Buckingham Palace as Trump prepared to meet the Queen in June, which were also tweeted out from the Duke of York’s official account. 

Trump’s comments came this morning Trump while he sat down with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for a press conference at Winfield House. 

US President Donald Trump was probed at a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Secretary General Stoltenberg this morning and said he 'doesn't know' Prince Andrew

US President Donald Trump was probed at a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Secretary General Stoltenberg this morning and said he 'doesn't know' Prince Andrew

 US President Donald Trump was probed at a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Secretary General Stoltenberg this morning and said he ‘doesn’t know’ Prince Andrew 

Donald Trump retweeted the official Duke of York Twitter account in June that showed pictures of the pair together at Buckingham Palace

Donald Trump retweeted the official Duke of York Twitter account in June that showed pictures of the pair together at Buckingham Palace

Donald Trump retweeted the official Duke of York Twitter account in June that showed pictures of the pair together at Buckingham Palace 

He was asked about the UK General Election, Brexit, the NHS and Jeremy Corbyn but refused to give much away. 

The President denied knowing ‘anything about’ Mr Corbyn, despite tweeting about him and discussing him on his interview with Nigel Farage on LBC this year. 

He said: ‘I know nothing about the gentleman, Jeremy Corbyn.’

On the Election he said he ‘didn’t want to complicate it’ and that he is ‘staying out of it’, while resting assured ‘Boris will do a good job’. 

There has been widespread anxiety at Tory HQ over a potential upset to Boris Johnson’s election campaign. 

They feared Trump might say something controversial, but he insisted: ‘I’m staying out of it.’

He denied the NHS would be on the table in post-Brexit trade talks, as claimed by Jeremy Corbyn and his 450-page leaked document, saying: ‘If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we want nothing to do with it.’  

The Duke of York is pictured next to Trump and wife Melania attending a memorial at Westminster Abbey on June 3

The Duke of York is pictured next to Trump and wife Melania attending a memorial at Westminster Abbey on June 3

The Duke of York is pictured next to Trump and wife Melania attending a memorial at Westminster Abbey on June 3 

Trump and the First Lady are pictured greeting members of the church outside Westminster Abbey in June, with Prince Andrew just behind them

Trump and the First Lady are pictured greeting members of the church outside Westminster Abbey in June, with Prince Andrew just behind them

Trump and the First Lady are pictured greeting members of the church outside Westminster Abbey in June, with Prince Andrew just behind them 

It comes the day after Prince Andrew's accuser Virginia Roberts Guiffre told BBC's Panorama programme she was sexually abused by him

It comes the day after Prince Andrew's accuser Virginia Roberts Guiffre told BBC's Panorama programme she was sexually abused by him

It comes the day after Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Guiffre told BBC’s Panorama programme she was sexually abused by him

Prince Andrew is pictured during his BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis before he stepped down from royal duties

Prince Andrew is pictured during his BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis before he stepped down from royal duties

Prince Andrew is pictured during his BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis before he stepped down from royal duties 

Other people Trump ‘doesn’t know’ 

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to know people he has met or tweeted about. 

Anthony Scaramucci

US financier and Trump supporter Antony Scaramucci was appointed White House Communications Director in July 2017. 

But after he was fired after just two weeks after calling reporters and slating some members of Trump’s administration. 

Trump said on Twitter: ‘Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable ‘nut job…’I barely knew him.’ 

Gordon Sondland

When Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, testified to Trump’s impeachment trial, the President was quizzed on his testimony. 

But Trump simply replied: ‘I don’t know him very well. . ‘I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy though. But I don’t know him well.’

Just a month earlier in October, Trump described him as a ‘really good man’ and a ‘great American’, who he would happily see testify in the inquiry.   

Jeffrey Epstein 

Before he was president, Trump called paedophile Jeffrey Epstein a ‘terrific guy’ in a New York Magazine interview in 2002. 

He said he had known the billionaire for 15 years and was a ‘lot of fun to be with’. 

Trump said of Epstein’s preference for underage girls:  ‘It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.’

But after Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges he tried to distance himself from him.

He later said: ‘I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don’t think I have spoken with him for 15 years. I was not a fan.’ 

Stormy Daniels 

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is a porn star who claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, while he was married to his wife Melania. 

Trump has denied her claims and said in 2018: ‘I had nothing to do with her. So she can lie and she can do whatever she wants to do.’

But he paid his former lawyer Michael Cohen $130,000 to give her money as part of a non-disclosure agreement.   

George Papadopoulos 

Trump hired George Papadopoulos as an aide on his foreign policy team during the 2016 presidential election campaign. 

He described him as an ‘excellent guy’ and tweeted a picture of them together at a national security meeting.

But after Papadopoulos was sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to the FBI about contact with the Russians, Trump changed his mind. 

He told Fox News: ‘I never even talked to the guy. I didn’t know who he was.’

Paul Manafort 

Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman for five months and was regularly in contact with him.

But when he was sentenced to more than three years in prison for fraud, Trump said:   

‘I didn’t know Manafort well. He wasn’t with the campaign long.’

Matthew Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker spent a year as chief of staff to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions was the first person to hold that position in Trump’s presidency. 

But when things turned sour between the pair in November 2018, Trump fired him and he appointed Whitaker as acting Attorney General. 

After just three months Whitaker was replaced and Trump said of him:  ‘I don’t know Matt Whitaker.’

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