President Trump reportedly 'very upset' with Amanda Knox
President Donald Trump was an outspoken supporter of Amanda Knox while Knox faced murder charges in Italy, but he's apparently no longer a fan.
Hidden in a Saturday New York Times profile of George Guido Lombardi, the president's longtime neighbor at Trump Tower and potential European populist political power broker, is a reference to the now 29-year-old Knox when discussing Trump's interest in Lombardi's native Italy:
"Mr. Trump's interest centered on showing the innocence of Amanda Knox, an American college student accused of murder in Perugia. Mr. Trump often spoke out and posted on Twitter in support of Ms. Knox, and asked Mr. Lombardi to look into her case during a trip to Italy. Now, Mr. Lombardi said, the president is 'very upset' with the ingratitude of Ms. Knox, who supported Hillary Clinton."
In 2009, Knox and boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher two years earlier, while Knox spent a year studying abroad. Knox and Sollecito were then acquitted in a second trial in 2011, and she was able to return to her native West Seattle. The pair was again convicted in 2013, but an Italian high court threw out the convictions after finding "stunning flaws" in the prosecution's case.
Trump repeatedly expressed support for Knox and disdain for the Italian legal system on Twitter during her trials. But during and after the 2016 presidential election, Knox denounced Trump, expressing her support for Hillary Clinton.
"In a time when my entire family had already tapped into their retirement savings and taken out second mortgages, we were grateful when any supporters, including Trump, donated to my defense and spoke out about my innocence," she wrote in the West Seattle Herald. "And like some of my supporters, Trump had his own ideas and his own way; he called for the U.S. to sanction Italy until they released me—a pronouncement which only amplified anti-American sentiment towards me in the courtroom. Even if Trump means well, his schemes tend to be blunt, selfish, and short-sighted, rather than nuanced, empathetic, and thought through."
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