For someone who hates the "fake news media" (as he calls them) with a passion, president Trump sure does like doing media interviews and press conferences.
On 21 July it was announced that Trump's daily coronavirus briefings are back on as cases continue to surge across the US.
It's unclear exactly why Trump thinks this is a good idea.
After all, his previous conferences are still remembered for that time he suggested bleach might cure coronavirus, as horrified medical experts looked on.
With this in mind, the expectation for controversy and conflict at Trump's Tuesday night briefing was high... and it didn't disappoint. During the presser he managed to repeat the offensive term "China virus" to describe Covid-19 yet again, continue on with his bizarre claim that coronavirus will just "disappear", and take credit for legislation passed by Obama.
So far, so standard. But there's one moment in particular that left viewers truly shocked.
During the fiery briefing, Trump was asked about Ghislaine Maxwell, the British woman facing charges for facilitating the abuse of minors by her former associate Jeffrey Epstein.
Trump was specifically asked whether he thought Maxwell was likely to "turn in powerful men", with the reporter specifically mentioning Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton, who Trump has alluded to before.
Generally speaking, any association with Epstein or Maxwell is something it's fair to say most people would avoid. But not Trump. Instead, the president gave a rambling response about wishing her well, and seeming to brag about having "met her numerous times" as they both lived in Palm Beach.
"I wish her well" -- Trump on Ghislaine Maxwell https://t.co/bmNLGEczdn