WaPo: Trump Hung up When Asked About Spokesman
The Washington Post reported on Friday that Donald Trump hung up the phone during an interview after the newspaper asked him about a mysterious alter ego that Trump used to act as his own spokesperson in the past.
The Hill reports:
Post reporters were 44 minutes into a phone interview Friday afternoon discussing the presumptive GOP presiedntial nominee’s finances when they asked Trump if he ever employed a spokesman by the name of John Miller.
“The phone went silent, then dead,” the newspaper reported. “When the reporters called back and reached Trump’s secretary, she said, ‘I heard you got disconnected. He can’t take the call now. I don’t know what happened.'”
The story published on Friday included audio of a man with a similar tone and cadence to Trump claiming to be John Miller, a spokesman for the businessman, during a 1991 phone call with People magazine reporter Sue Carswell.
“It’s absolutely Donald Trump,” Carswell, who left the magazine in 1994 and has written for other outlets recently, told NBC News in a preview of an interview set to air Friday night on “NBC Nightly News,” adding there’s “no doubt in my mind” that it was Trump whom she spoke with during the 1991 interview.
Trump listened to a portion of the audio during a phone interview early Friday on NBC’s “Today” show, saying he didn’t know anything about it and then denying it was his voice in the audio obtained by the Post.
“It doesn’t sound like my voice at all,” Trump said, claiming the voice was someone imitating him.
Asked during a combative interview on CNN’s “Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer if Trump ever employed a man named John Miller or John Barron, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson responded, “I’m not sure.”
“I’m sure they’re checking the records,” she added, noting it was more than two decades ago and arguing it’s a common name.
CNN interviewed a forensics audio specialist who said it sounded like Trump on the audio recording.
“I don’t know who that person is or who’s paying that person,” Pierson said. “But it doesn’t sound like Donald Trump to me, either.”
“He says it’s not his voice,” Pierson said of Trump. “It sounds like a great impersonation, but it’s definitely not Mr. Trump.”
“It does not sound like Mr. Trump. It sounds like a guy from New York.”
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