Before boarding Marine One to start a trip to North Carolina on Saturday, President Donald Trump told a group of reporters that he had known movie producer Harvey Weinstein for a long time and that he was “not at all surprised to see it.”
Weinstein’s own company—the Weinstein Company—fired him on Sunday after the New York Times reported on allegations that he had sexually harassed multiple women.
When a reporter asked Trump about Weinstein on Saturday, Trump said:
“I've known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I'm not all surprised to see it.”
In an editorial that same day, the New York Times noted that Weinstein had been a major supporter of Democratic political candidates and Planned Parenthood. The Times editorialized:
“For years, Harvey Weinstein, a film and television producer at the apex of the American entertainment industry, has lavished money and attention on the Democratic Party's biggest names and causes….
“Among his biggest beneficiaries are President Barack Obama, whose daughter was an intern with Mr. Weinstein's company this year. At a career workshop for high schoolers at the White House, where Mr. Weinstein was a guest several times, Michelle Obama called him ‘a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse.’
“Mr. Weinstein is also a years-long friend of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, for whose 2016 presidential campaign he was a major contributor and driving force, holding a fund-raiser in his home at one point. He's raised money for Planned Parenthood, helped endow a faculty chair at Rutgers University in Gloria Steinem's name and distributed a film, '’The Hunting Ground,’ about campus sexual assault.”