Report: Trump Posed as His Own Spokesman, 'John Miller,' in Calls to Press
Trump has denied that it was his voice on the tapes.
The Washington Post reported this morning that Donald Trump posed as a spokesman for himself in phone calls with reporters decades ago.
Reporters who covered Trump in the 70s, 80s and 90s say they would often hear from Trump's spokesman, "John Miller" or "John Barron."
The Post reports that the voice was actually Trump, releasing a 1991 audio recording of one call between "John Miller" and Sue Carswell, a People magazine reporter covering Trump's marital affairs.
At one point, Miller discussed why Trump was so concerned with coverage by the media.
The Post reported:
“I can tell you that he didn’t care if he got bad PR until he got his divorce finished,” Miller said.
Carswell this week recalled that she immediately recognized something familiar in the Queens accent of Trump’s new publicist. She thought, “It’s so weird that Donald hired someone who sounds just like him.” After the 20-minute interview, she walked down the hall to play the tape to co-workers, who identified Trump’s voice. Carswell then called Cindy Adams, the longtime New York Post gossip columnist who had been close to Trump since the early 1970s. Adams immediately identified the voice as Trump’s.
Hear the full audio:
In an interview on NBC this morning, Trump denied that it was his voice on the recording.
"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 said.
Trump questioned whether it was "one of the many scams" in which people try to imitate his voice.
On America's Newsroom this morning (video above), Martha MacCallum discussed the new report with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
Wallace said the voice definitely does sound like Trump, calling it a "weird deal." He also said he doubts that it matters much to the presidential race.
"People understand that about Trump. He's not a conventional politician, hasn't led a conventional life. I think they're more interested in what he stands for and says today than what he was doing back in 1991," said Wallace.
The report comes after it was revealed that the Washington Post has 20 reporters assigned to investigate Trump's past. Trump said his campaign is fielding many "ridiculous calls" from the paper.
On Hannity last night, Trump blasted Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO who purchased the Post in 2013.
"This is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed," said Trump.
He argued that Bezos is "worried" that Trump, as president, would go after him for antitrust violations.
"He's got a huge antitrust problem because he's controlling so much."
Watch the interview below.