President Donald Trump was "very upset" that Amanda Knox did not support his run for president since he came to her defense when she was convicted of killing roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007, a friend of the president told The New York Times Friday.
Knox and then boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito along with a third person, Rudy Guede, were initially convicted of Kercher's death. The charges against Knox were later overturned, reinstated, and then overturned again on appeal in 2011. Knox spent four years in prison before her release.
The Times interviewed Trump's Manhattan neighbor, George Guido Lombardi, who made the claim in an article published Friday. He said Trump was disillusioned by Knox's support for 2016 presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Trump tweeted his support for Knox in 2011, writing, "Everyone should boycott Italy if Amanda Knox is not freed — she is totally innocent." He also backed her innocence in interviews at the time as well, The Hill reported Friday.
But Knox, who was ultimately exonerated by Italy's highest court, wrote on her blog during the 2016 campaign that she was supporting Clinton due to her views on abortion. She called Trump a "destabilizing agent."
Interest in Knox's case has continued to captivate public attention as the debate lingers regarding any role she might have played in Kercher's death.
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