Some Coffee Boy! Papadopoulos Helped Write Trump’s April 2016 Mayflower Speech
Just like everything else regarding Trump Russia, no matter how bad it looks it’s always even worse than you think.
With Papadopoulos the Trump team line was that he was a volunteer and hardly integral to the campaign. Of course, even Manafort was technically a ‘volunteer’ on the Trump campaign. But as a volunteer it wasn’t like Papadopolous was stuffing envelopes and fetching coffee. He was sitting in high level meetings, meeting with the Russians on behalf of the campaign, meeting with foreign dignitaries.
He had told Corey Lewandowki, Jeff Sessions, Sam Clovis and now we know Stephen Miller about his Russian contacts. While Sessions and Clovis told him that Trump shouldn’t personally meet Putin they weren’t against this in principle but rather needed someone much more junior to maintain deniability.
But again-it’s always even worse than you think.
The NYTimes has new reporting on the alleged Coffee Boy:
BREAKING: The New York Times appears to be reporting that George Papadopoulos helped write the April 2016 "Mayflower Speech," in which Trump offered Russia a "good deal" on sanctions, and did so *after* revealing himself to Trump as a Kremlin intermediary. https://t.co/a31iUuebd5
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) November 11, 2017
Abramson has written much about the importance of the Mayflower Speech, Trump’s first on foreign policy that was attended by all those high level members of Putin’s staff.
“At midday on March 24, 2016, an improbable group gathered in a London cafe to discuss setting up a meeting between Donald J. Trump, then a candidate, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.”
“There was George Papadopoulos, a 28-year-old from Chicago with an inflated résumé who just days earlier had been publicly named as a foreign policy adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign. There was Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic in his mid-50s with a faltering career who boasted of having high-level contacts in the Russian government.”
“And, perhaps most mysteriously, there was Olga Polonskaya, a 30-year-old Russian from St. Petersburg and the former manager of a wine distribution company. Mr. Mifsud introduced her to Mr. Papadopoulos as Mr. Putin’s niece, according to court papers. Mr. Putin has no niece.”
Yes ‘Putin’s niece.’ How Mifsud came across her is in itself a very curious story:
He did not exhibit any special interest or expertise in Russia until 2014, when his academy was beginning to stumble financially. It was at that time a 24-year-old Russian intern, Natalia Kutepova-Jamrom, turned up in his office with an improbably impressive résumé.”
“Fluent in Russian, English, German and Chinese, Ms. Kutepova-Jamrom had worked in the Russian government as a legislative aide and would move on to a Russian state newspaper. Both Mr. Mifsud’s lawyer and Ms. Kutepova-Jamrom declined to comment. Mr. Mifsud did not respond to messages.”
“Ms. Kutepova-Jamrom introduced Mr. Mifsud to senior Russian officials, diplomats and scholars. Despite Mr. Mifsud’s lack of qualifications, she managed to arrange an invitation for him to join the prestigious Valdai Discussion Club, an elite gathering of Western and Russian academics that meets each year with Mr. Putin.”
“Mr. Mifsud’s inclusion in the group was “very, very strange,” said James Sherr, the former head of the Russian studies program at Chatham House in London and a member of Valdai for nearly a decade. It “might suggest he does have connections,” Mr. Sherr said.
So maybe Putin’s fake niece was who recruited him into Putin’s circle.
Regarding the Mayflower Speech Seth Abramson references above, Trump, in his first foreign policy speech already seemed to be outlining a very pro Russia policy line.
Back to the Times:
“Mr. Mifsud suddenly became a popular pundit with state-run news outlets in Russia, praising the country and Mr. Putin. At his first Valdai conference in 2014, he argued against Western sanctions that punished Russia for its annexation of Crimea that year.”
“Global security and economy needs partners, and who is better in this than the Russian Federation,” he said.
“So he was another Trump campaign adviser in favor of rolling back Russian sanctions. Put that in the context of Carter Page-and Page was who eventually went on the Moscow trip Papadopoulos had proposed to campaign senior advisers back in March, April, and May of 2016-and the Donald Jr Russia meeting in the Trump Tower in June 2016.”
But no matter how this all looks, just remember: it will only get worse.
Count on it.
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