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Matt Gaetz says he asked for Trump’s approval before proposing to Ginger Luckey, who eloped with him amid a sex trafficking probe

<figure> <img src="https://i.insider.com/60681af2a7d803001963e9f8?format=jpeg" alt="matt gaetz trump qanon" height="512" width="1024" charset=""> <figcaption>President Donald Trump takes a selfie with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in the House chamber after Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on January 30, 2018. <span class="copyright">Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call</span> </figcaption> </figure><ul class="summary-list"> <li>Gaetz told Vanity Fair he asked for Donald Trump's approval before proposing to his now-wife Ginger Luckey. </li> <li>Gaetz, 39, and Luckey, 26, met at Mar-a-Lago in March 2020 and got engaged there in December 2020. </li> <li>Federal investigators are currently probing whether the Florida congressman paid a 17-year-old girl for sex. </li> <li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/?hprecirc-bullet">See more stories on Insider's business page</a>.</li> </ul><p>Rep. Matt Gaetz said he asked for former President Donald Trump's approval before proposing to his now-wife Ginger Luckey, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-ginger-luckey-elope-california-married-catalina-island-2021-8">with whom he eloped</a> over the weekend <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-timeline-allegations-sex-trafficking-joel-greenberg-doj-investigation-2021-5">amid a federal sex trafficking probe</a>.</p><p>The Florida Republican, 39, and Luckey, 26, met at a dinner at Mar-a-Lago in March 2020 and the two got engaged at the same Trump-owned resort on December 30, 2020. </p><p>"You never want to upstage the big guy," Gaetz <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/08/matt-gaetz-ginger-luckey-eloped">told Vanity Fair</a>, adding that Trump called him and his then-fiance "a dynamic duo" and sent a bottle of his company's champagne to their table. </p><p>Gaetz is under federal investigation as part of the inquiry that led his close friend, Joel Greenberg, a former Seminole county, Florida tax collector, to <a href="https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-05-17/matt-gaetz-associate-joel-greenberg-pleads-guilty-sex-trafficking">plead guilty</a>to six federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a child. As part of his plea deal, Greenberg is continuing to cooperate with federal investigators on a larger sex trafficking probe. Gaetz is being investigated for allegedly violating sex trafficking laws and having sex with a 17-year-old girl. He's denied any wrongdoing. </p><p>The couple previously said they'd get married in August 2022, but instead eloped on Saturday on Catalina Island in California with about 40 guests in attendance. </p><p>Luckey's mother, Julie Luckey, is active in GOP politics and had donated to Gaetz's campaign before she brought her daughter to the March 2020 Mar-a-Lago event, which featured a slew of other MAGA leaders. Ginger Luckey, who is based in California and works for a biotech start up, is the sister of Palmer Luckey, who sold his VR company to Facebook for $3 billion in 2014. Ginger's younger sister, Roxanne, made headlines last month when <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-fiancee-sister-roxanne-luckey-calls-weird-creepy-2021-7">she called Gaetz a "literal pedophile"</a> and said Gaetz tried to set her up with his 40-year-old friend when she was 19. </p><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-asked-for-trumps-approval-before-proposing-to-ginger-luckey-2021-8">Business Insider</a></div>
Matt Gaetz says he asked for Trump’s approval before proposing to Ginger Luckey, who eloped with him amid a sex trafficking probe