Donald Trump Admitted to Posing as His Own Spokesperson to PEOPLE in 1991, Despite New Denials

Donald Trump said on Friday that he "doesn't know anything about" a recording that is purported to be him, acting as his own spokesperson

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Donald Trump adamantly denied ever posing as his own spokesperson on Friday, but the presumptive GOP nominee told PEOPLE a different story in 1991.

The businessman insisted on Today that a newly surfaced recording that sounds like him acting as a Trump publicist was “one of the many scams,” noting, “I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice.”

Amid his divorce from wife Ivana Trump and eventual engagement to Marla Maples, however, it appears that Trump did make at least one call as a man named John Miller in the early ’90s.

Then-PEOPLE reporter Sue Carswell interviewed Miller, later playing the tape for Maples. Maples identified the voice to Carswell as Trump’s.

In response, Trump told PEOPLE that Miller was a joke gone awry, explaining, “What I did became a good time at Marla’s expense, and I’m very sorry.”

Of the decades-old interview, Carswell told ABC7 on Saturday, “I knew right away. I knew as soon as I got off the phone it was Donald.”

“He said that he was sorry that he made the call, that was a joke that went awry,” she explained, adding, “It shows he’s a liar right now. And that distresses me.”

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Trump’s new denial came after The Washington Post published an article claiming in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s that he often gave interviews as either Miller or John Barron.

Numerous publications shared similar stories about phone tips from Barron or Miller, with editors at New York newspapers telling the Post that “calls from Barron were at points so common that they became a recurring joke on the city desk.”

New York Daily News gossip columnist Linda Stasi told the Post that Trump once left her a voicemail from an “anonymous tipster” who told her that the mogul had been spotted on the town with models.

Naturally, Trump’s latest claim became perfect fodder for Saturday Night Live, who mocked the presumptive GOP candidate this weekend, pretending he was posing as his publicist “Joey Pepperoni.”

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