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Trump seen surrounded by cheerleaders at a 1992 party with Jeffrey Epstein

President Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday.
President Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

Donald Trump is seen partying at his Mar-a-Lago Club with financier Jeffrey Epstein in a November 1992 tape aired Wednesday by NBC News that shows the now-president dancing with cheerleaders, patting a woman on her backside and appearing to point out other women to him.

Trump's relationship with Epstein has come under renewed scrutiny since federal prosecutors brought new sex trafficking charges against him earlier this month, a development that led to the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. Acosta negotiated a plea deal with Epstein in an earlier case that also involved allegations of abuse of dozens of young girls at his Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, homes.

While Trump and Epstein were known to have socialized in Palm Beach, where Trump's club is located, the president has sought to downplay the extent of their relationship and said he had a falling out with the financier and cut off their relationship 15 years ago.

In the days leading up to Acosta's resignation, Trump repeatedly said he was "not a fan" of Epstein.

The video, in which Trump is 46, was shot more than a decade before Epstein pleaded guilty to felony prostitution charges in Florida.

NBC News said the footage was shot for Faith Daniels' talk show, "A Closer Look," as part of a profile of the newly divorced Trump's lifestyle. The network identified the women surrounding Trump at his club as cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, who were in town for a game against the Miami Dolphins.

Trump is shown dancing with the women as music blares and pulling one of them closer to him and then patting her on her rear end.

Later in the video, Trump is shown greeting Epstein and two other new arrivals at the party, telling them, "C'mon, go inside."

Trump later appears to be pointing out women to Epstein, as he stands beside him. Though his comments are not audible, NBC News said Trump appears to be saying, "Look at her, back there. . . . She's hot."

At another point, Trump whispers something inaudible in Epstein's ear, and he doubles over in laughter.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video.

In a 2002 article on Epstein in New York magazine, Trump was quoted calling him a "terrific guy."

"He's a lot of fun to be with," Trump said. "It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

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