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It's been brought to light that in the past, specifically during the 1990s after his break-up with wife Ivana, Donald Trump liked to play phone games with reporters, pretending to be his own publicist. He used the aliases John Miller and John Barron. When asked about it in the past, Trump admitted that he pranked the reporter, but now he denies it ever happened.
TRUMP: "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. I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice - you can imagine that. And this sounds like one of the scams. One of the many scams. This doesn't sound like me.
Is "John Miller" actually @realdonaldtrump? A forensic audio expert and the journalist with the tapes offer analysis https://t.co/uXELLUFDCH— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) May 13, 2016
From the Washington Post:
A recording obtained by The Washington Post captures what New York reporters and editors who covered Trump’s early career experienced in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s: calls from Trump’s Manhattan office that resulted in conversations with “John Miller” or “John Barron” — public-relations men who sound precisely like Trump himself — who indeed are Trump, masquerading as an unusually helpful and boastful advocate for himself, according to the journalists and several of Trump’s top aides.
In 1991, Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine, called Trump’s office seeking an interview with the developer. She had just been assigned to cover the soap opera surrounding the end of Trump’s 12-year marriage to Ivana, his budding relationship with the model Marla Maples and his rumored affairs with any number of celebrities who regularly appeared on the gossip pages of the New York newspapers.
Within five minutes, Carswell got a return call from Trump’s publicist, a man named John Miller, who immediately jumped into a startlingly frank and detailed explanation of why Trump dumped Maples for the Italian model Carla Bruni. “He really didn’t want to make a commitment,” Miller said. “He’s coming out of a marriage, and he’s starting to do tremendously well financially.”
From NorthJersey.com by writer Abbott Koloff
As a sportswriter more than 30 years ago, I called Donald Trump’s office in New York and was put on the phone with a man who said he was John Barron, a spokesman for Trump who sounded so much like his boss and used many of the same phrases that I kept interrupting him.
“Wait, is this Donald?” I asked at least three times during the interview.
“Oh, no” the man calling himself John Barron said, adding something along the lines that it was an interesting thought.
On Friday, the Washington Post reported what sports writers covering the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League discovered in 1985 — that Trump, who owned the Generals at the time, often posed as someone else in order to praise himself or to say something he could later deny.
Trump’s apparent ghost spokesman sometimes spelled his name “Barron” — Trump named his youngest son Barron and reportedly admired hotel magnate Barron Hilton — and sometimes Baron. He also used the name John Miller, according to the Washington Post.
After that phone call from 1985, I called Trump’s secretary and was told that John Barron was not on any of the company’s organizational charts but was Trump’s right-hand man. You could almost hear the wink in her voice.
Transcript of "John Miller" call with WaPo ~ Read it Here
Interviewer: What is your position there?
John Miller: Well, I’m sort of handling PR because he gets so much of it. And frankly, I mean, I could tell you off the record. Until I get to know you, off the record, I can tell you that he didn’t care if he got bad PR until he got his divorce finished.
So when he got a lot of bad financial stuff, he liked it because, you know, it was good because he could get a divorce finished. And once his divorce is finished, if you noticed since then he’s doing well financially and he’s doing well in every other way. The licensing was five to nothing. And people are saying how come all of a sudden he’s doing so well? And then I guess Newsday about two weeks ago did a story on that. So I’ve sort of been put in here to handle because I’ve never seen anybody get so many calls from the press.
Interviewer: Where did you come from?
John Miller: I basically worked for different firms. I worked for a couple of different firms, and I’m somebody that he knows and I think somebody that he trusts and likes. So I’m going to do this a little part time, and then, yeah, go on with my life, too.
Interviewer: Is he trying to -- I mean, is Marla trying to reconcile all this or is this --
John Miller: Marla wants to be back with him and he wants to be with her, but he just, he just feels it’s too soon.
left to right: John Miller, Donald Trump, John Barron pic.twitter.com/u1Hc67xU8G— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) May 13, 2016
Interviewer: What about this Ivana thing? It says in the Newsday Trump also told friends that when he and Ivana met last week, she indicated that she would be interested in reconciliation?
John Miller: Ivana wants to get back with Donald, but she --
Interviewer: Really? After saying on Barbara Walters that she never would?
John Miller: What is she going to say? What is she going to say? She’s going to say when he’s with somebody else and had other people lined up, is she going to say, “Yes, I want to get back. I want to get back.” You know, she’s a pretty savvy woman and she’s not going to say -- I mean, he’s living with Marla and he’s got three other girlfriends, and then, and she’s not going to say, I really want to get back, you know? She wants to get back, she’s told it to a lot of her friends and she’s told it to him, but it’s so highly unlikely. That’s off the record. He left. I mean, it was his choice to leave and he left.
Interviewer: He left for Marla.
John Miller: No, he didn’t leave, no. See, that’s the biggest misconception of this whole thing. The second question I asked about after the ring was the biggest misconception is he left. He didn’t leave for Marla. He really left for himself. He didn’t leave for Marla. He never left for Marla. He was going to leave anyway. Marla was there, but he was going to leave anyway. Whether there was a Marla or not he was going to leave anyway.
One of Trump's aliases was "John Barron." He's named his youngest son "Barron Trump."— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) May 13, 2016
Wow, John Barron was Trump's publicist from all the way back to his USFL days! https://t.co/awGT8FkPVo pic.twitter.com/LymfqfSMO6— Dean Barker (@deanbarker) May 15, 2016
#Trump talking 44 mins w @washingtonpost abt finance.— Samy Nemir Olivares (@Samynemir) May 14, 2016
Did u ever employ some #JohnMiller?
Phone silent, then dead. pic.twitter.com/JhCBPBylA6
John Miller? John Barron? How many Trumps are there? Trevor went straight to the source. https://t.co/hH6DgCb2PUhttps://t.co/E1E2HyHGt2— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 14, 2016
Trump bragged that he lived with one mistress while dating 3 others. Wonderful husband says #JohnMiller— John Hergt (@natureofthings7) May 16, 2016
Months ago I joked Trump would run with one his alter egos. Looks like I may be proved right.#Trump2016 #JohnMiller— Culture of Truth (@Bobblespeak) May 13, 2016
Tell #Trump they've traced the call and it's coming from inside the house! #JohnMiller pic.twitter.com/uPD33YmWdA— Jeanne K. (@SnarkAmendment) May 14, 2016
#Trump has a racist butler, KKK delegate and an imaginary friend - #JohnMiller pic.twitter.com/X0BsraFciJ— David (@MMASOCCERFAN) May 13, 2016