President Donald Trump reportedly "feels badly" for Alex Acosta, the administration's labor secretary who has come under fire for his role in cutting a plea deal for accused child rapist Jeffrey Epstein.
According to Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, Trump made the remarks on Tuesday.
"I feel badly for Secretary Acosta, because I have known him as being somebody who works so hard and has done such a great job," Trump said. "I feel badly about that whole situation."
Trump insisted that he has not personally spoken to Epstein in some time due a "falling out" that happened 15 years ago.
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.@realDonaldTrump tells reporters in the Oval Office @SecretaryAcosta has been an excellent Secretary of Labor— Jeff Mason (@Jeff Mason) 1562689024.0
.@realDonaldTrump says a lot of people were involved in the decision about Epstein a long time ago, but will look a… https://t.co/rzXOLoh4NC— Jeff Mason (@Jeff Mason) 1562689169.0
.@realDonaldTrump says he feels badly for @SecretaryAcosta— Jeff Mason (@Jeff Mason) 1562689306.0
Pres Trump in Oval Office said he knew Jeffrey Epstein but broke with him years ago. He said Secretary Acosta has d… https://t.co/YGAm4YzFim— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor) 1562689604.0