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Last year, Trump praised him as an ‘excellent guy.’ But now he’s just a ‘young, low level liar.’

IN THIS PHOTO FROM TRUMP’S TWITTER ACCOUNT, PAPADOPOULOS CAN BE SEEN SITTING FOUR SPOTS TO TRUMP’S RIGHT. (CREDIT: TWITTER)

Link to original source: Aaron Rupar | ThinkProgress.org

Team Trump’s clumsy efforts to distance themselves from George Papadopoulos.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump downplayed his connection with a former adviser who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts as nothing more than a “young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar.”

Trump’s tweets represented an effort to distance himself from George Papadopoulos, who served as a Trump campaign national security adviser. Though Trump now makes it sounds like he barely knew Papadopoulos, in March 2016 he plugged him as an “excellent guy” during an interview with the Washington Post. That same month, Trump tweeted a photo of himself sitting at a table with Papadopoulos during a national security team meeting.

But on Monday, we learned that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with a professor who claimed to have “substantial connections with Russian government officials” about “thousands of emails” the Russian government stole from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Papadopoulos initially told investigators his communications with the professor happened before he prior to and independently of his association with the Trump campaign, but has now admitted he was lying and is cooperating with prosecutors.

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