Trump tries to distance himself from George Papadopoulos: 'Few people knew the young, low level volunteer'

Trump offers his first response to Papadopoulos' guilty plea.

Papadopoulos most recently served as an independent oil, gas and policy consultant for the International Presidential Business Advisory Council, according to his LinkedIn account.

He was a volunteer for the campaign and his role was "extremely limited," the White House said Monday.

During a visit to Washington Post headquarters in March last year, Trump revealed the names of his foreign policy team and mentioned Papadopoulos as an "excellent guy."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that Trump was being nothing more than "complimentary on behalf of the campaign" at the time.

"As Paul [Manafort's] lawyer said, there was 'no collusion' and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign," Trump tweeted.

The indictment released by the special counsel on Monday alleges that Manafort acted as an unregistered agent of the Ukrainian government from 2006 to 2015. According to the document, he was laundering Ukrainian payments from 2006 through at least 2016 to hide them from the U.S. government. He joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.