The fiancée of an embattled former adviser to President Trump’s election campaign denies her future husband was merely a “coffee boy” during the 2016 race.
Simona Mangiante adds that she decided to clarify George Papadopoulos’ role with Trump’s campaign after the president and some of his top aides have since seemingly downplayed it.
“George is very loyal to his country,” she told ABC News Friday. “He is already on the right side of history. I think he will make a big difference.”
“First of all, I would love George to learn how to make a coffee, because it’s absolutely out of his skills,” Mangiante quipped.
“George is a remarkable young man with incredible experience in the field of energy and oil policies. This experience led to get into the campaign and to advise the president at only 28 years old.”
Mangiante noted that Papadopoulos “set up meetings with leaders all over the world” for senior officials with Trump’s campaign.
“[He was] constantly in touch with high-level officials in the campaign,” said Mangiante, who is Italian.
Mangiante added that she had seen correspondences showing that Papadopoulos directly communicated with such top Trump campaign officials as Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon.
Bannon served as Trump’s White House chief strategist until earlier this year, while Flynn briefly worked as the president’s national security adviser.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his past contacts with two Russians.
The former campaign adviser also agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential ahead of his sentencing next month.
Mangiante was dismissing claims from Michael Caputo, a former adviser on Trump’s campaign, earlier this year that Papadopoulos was just a “coffee boy.”
Trump in October tweeted that “few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar” following Papadopoulos pleading guilty.
Mueller’s investigation includes potential collusion between Russia’s and Trump’s campaign, and the president has repeatedly called it a “witch hunt” against him.