George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who has admitted he lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials -- and who was subsequently dismissed as being a "coffee boy" by Trump allies -- once bragged to foreign reporters that Trump had given him a "blank check" to pick his own job within the White House.
Politico reports that Papadopoulos boasted to Greek journalists last year that he was given the power"to choose a senior Trump administration job" and was also "authorized to represent the candidate in overseas meetings with foreign leaders."
The two Greek reporters who spoke with Politico expressed skepticism that Papadopoulos really had all of the power that he claimed, as the former campaign aide was known to exaggerate his status.
Papadopoulos' boasts seem to undermine the Trump administration narrative that he was simply a low-level staffer who had no clout or significance to the larger campaign.
The two reporters also say that Papadopoulos wasn't shy about using his status as a Trump campaign aide to his own benefit when he traveled abroad to Greece.
"He had acquired a new status in Athens," they reported in the newspaper Kathimerini, while adding that the Trump campaign aide had been "bestowed with awards, wined and dined by prominent Athenians and even appointed to the judging committee of a beauty pageant on a Greek island."