President Trump on Tuesday tried to diminish the significance of a former foreign policy adviser, who admitted to lying to the F.B.I. about how, during last year’s presidential campaign, he sought to meet with Russians offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton based on purloined emails.
In his first comment on this aspect of the case being developed by the special counsel investigation, Trump did not deny that the foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, worked to collaborate with Russia.
He simply brushed off his significance and focused on the fact that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. to cover up the contacts with Russia.
“Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
As for the indictment of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, the president repeated that the crimes alleged took place outside the context of the election contest.