As Prince Andrew\u00a0finally faces consequences for his years-long association with late pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, President Donald Trump\u00a0actively distanced himself from Duke of York when asked about the disgraced royal at a NATO presser in London on Tuesday. When asked by a reporter what the president thought of the prince stepping down from his royal duties\u00a0amid sexual misconduct allegations\u00a0from Epstein trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre Roberts and the disastrous BBC interview\u00a0where\u00a0Andrew denied said allegations, Trump responded:\u00a0\u201cI don\u2019t know Prince Andrew, but it\u2019s a tough story, it\u2019s a very tough story.\u201d Of course, by this point we all know that when the president says he doesn't know someone, it's often an admission that he's aware they are too radioactive to be associated with,\u00a0even if he formerly worked (Paul Manafort) or partied with them (Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman). Not even Fox News bought Trump's denial. https:\/\/twitter.com\/atrupar\/status\/1201915702661304321 Like with Epstein, the president's association with the Duke of York spans decades. Just six months ago, Prince Andrew's Twitter account shared photos of the royal and the president at a meeting during Trump's state visit. https:\/\/twitter.com\/TheDukeOfYork\/status\/1135851552495865857?ref_srctwsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1135851552495865857&ref_urlhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fworld%2F2019%2F12%2F03%2Ftrump-says-he-doesnt-know-britains-prince-andrew-they-had-breakfast-meeting-june%2F Here's a photo from the same state visit where Trump is seen joking with the man he says he doesn't know. Chris Jackson\/Getty Image In fairness, though, Trump is likely better off sidestepping any associations with alleged sex criminals given that it might raise questions as to how the president himself has spent years avoiding accountability\u00a0towards the dozens of women who have accused him of sexual harassment or assault.