“On Sunday, July 5, a report on Ghislaine Maxwell during Fox News Channel’s ‘America’s News HQ’ mistakenly removed President Donald Trump from a photo alongside Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell,” said a network spokesperson.
Fox News spokesman added: “We regret the error.”
Maxwell was indicted Thursday by federal prosecutors in New York for her alleged role in the recruitment and sexual abuse of underage girls as part of a longstanding criminal enterprise.
Trump’s allies have played ties between former Democratic President Bill Clinton and Epstein, sometimes sharing old photos of both of them, while downplaying the photos showing Trump and Epstein together. A Clinton spokesman said in 2019 that the former president knew “nothing about the terrible crimes” that the convicted pedophile committed.
Trump’s notorious Fox News cutout in the photo drew criticism and sparked unflattering media coverage for the conservative cable network. The photograph was released during a segment on Maxwell accused by federal prosecutors.
It is not the first time in recent weeks that Fox News has recognized a significant error related to the photos accompanying the news. In mid-June, Fox News expressed regret after posting misleading, digitally altered images of the “CHOP” rally in Seattle.