From left, American real estate developer Donald Trump and his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, financier (and future convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000.
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  • President Donald Trump was "mistakenly" cropped out of a photo featuring then Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell, Fox News said on Monday.
  • The network showed the edited photo during a Sunday segment on Maxwell, who was recently arrested on charges related to Epstein's sex trafficking ring.
  • "We regret the error," a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement.
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Fox News on Monday said it "mistakenly" edited President Donald Trump out of a photo alongside then Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell.

The photo was taken at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 12, 2000.

The network showed the Trump-less image during a segment on Sunday about Maxwell, the British socialite and longtime Epstein confidante who was recently arrested on charges that she arranged and participated in the abuse of young girls.

Epstein died in an apparent suicide last August in a New York jail while awaiting trial over charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls. At the time, Epstein was already a registered sex offender.

In a statement on Monday, a Fox News spokesperson said, "On Sunday, July 5, a report on Ghislaine Maxwell during FOX News Channel's America's News HQ mistakenly eliminated President Donald Trump from a photo alongside then Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell. We regret the error."

Trump has been increasingly critical of Fox News in recent months amid a growing rift between the network's news anchors and opinion hosts. The opinion side of Fox tends to present Trump in a positive light, and the president has close relationships with hosts like Sean Hannity. The news side of Fox, however, has routinely been the target of Trump's ire.

".@FoxNews weekend afternoons is the worst! Getting into @CNN and MSDNC territory. Watch @OANN & @newsmax instead. Much better!" Trump tweeted on Sunday.

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