Donald Trump Denies He Masqueraded as His Own Publicist to Brag About Models, Madonna and Marla Maples
Donald Trump on Friday said he doesn’t “know anything about” a newly surfaced recording that sounds like the billionaire businessman posing as his own spokesman, calling it “one of the many scams” targeting him.
“No, I don’t know anything about it. You’re telling me about it for the first time and it doesn’t sound like my voice at all,” he told the Today show on Friday after the recording was played for him during a live interview. “And it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I’ll tell you that, and it was not me on the phone.”
“I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice and you can imagine that. This sounds like one of these scams, one of the many scams. It doesn’t sound like me,” he added.
Trump’s denial comes after The Washington Post published an article Friday claiming Trump regularly gave interviews in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s while posing as a spokesman alternatively named John Miller or John Barron.
The Post released a recording of a 1991 interview between former PEOPLE magazine reporter Sue Carswell and Trump’s publicist, a man named John Miller, whom the Post claims was really just Trump in disguise.
On the recording, Miller offers an explanation for why Trump broke up with his then-live-in girlfriend Marla Maples for the Italian model Carla Bruni (He really didn’t want to make a commitment,” Miller says. “He’s coming out of a marriage, and he’s starting to do tremendously well financially”), and says Trump is a “good guy” who “treated his wife well and will treat Marla well.”
Miller can also be heard telling Carswell that “actresses just call to see if they can go out with [Trump] and things” and that Madonna “wanted to go out with him.”
He also said that in addition to living with Maples, Trump had “three other girlfriends.”
Carswell herself said she believed Trump was the man on the recording, as did several others whom she played the recording for, including Maples, who “burst into tears as she heard Miller deny that a ring Trump gave her implied any intent to marry her,” the Post writes.
Editors at New York tabloids told the Post that “calls from Barron were at points so common that they became a recurring joke on the city desk,” the paper writes.
Longtime New York Daily News gossip columnist Linda Stasi said Trump once left her a voicemail from an “anonymous tipster” who told her Trump had been spotted going out with models.
The Post article cited as further proof Trump’s longtime appreciation for the name “Barron,” which is also the name of his 10-year-old son with wife Melania Trump, and a 1990 court case in which Trump testified, “I believe on occasion I have used that name.”
But on Friday Trump insisted of the 14-minute recording obtained by the Post, “It was not me on the phone. And it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I will tell you that. It was not me on the phone,” he said before changing the topic. “Let’s go on to more current subjects.”