The comment came about after prosecutors charged her with six federal crimes, including enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury for lying under oath.
A regular person might condemn or want to distance themselves from someone who is charged with serious crimes like these, but not Trump.
He said at the time:
I haven’t been following it too much, I just wish her well, frankly… but I wish her well – whatever it is.
Trump was asked to clarify his remarks in a recent interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan.
The reporter asked why Trump would wish someone well who had been arrested over allegations of child sex trafficking, to which he responded:
First of all, I don't know that but I do know that her friend or boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail.
She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I’d wish you well – I’d wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody is guilty.
Then Swan asked:
Oh so you’re hoping she doesn’t die in jail?
To which Trump repeated:
Her boyfriend died in jail and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen. Was it suicide? Was he killed? And I do wish her well. I’m not looking for anything bad for her. I’m not looking bad for anybody. They took that and they made it such a big deal… I do, I wish her well.
People took to social media to again, condemn Trump’s well wishes for the accused sex trafficker:
@MeidasTouch Let’s not pretend that he doesn’t accuse people of crimes all the time wilthout proof ...