Donald Trump on Friday morning denied a Washington Post report that he pretended to be a spokesman for himself in a 1991 interview with a reporter for People Magazine.
The Washington Post on Friday morning posted a recording of a man who claims his name is John Miller, but who sounds like Trump, who tells the reporter about Trump’s love life.
But during a Friday morning interview on NBC’s “Today,” Trump insisted that he did not pretend to be his own spokesperson in the recording.
“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. “I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice. And you can imagine that. And this sounds like one of these scams, one of the many scams, doesn’t sound like me.”
“Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie referenced the Washington Post report, which noted that Trump once said his phone call as John Miller was a “joke gone awry.” But Trump denied that it is his voice on the recording.
Guthrie again referenced the Washington Post, which reported that journalists frequently encountered Trump pretending to be a spokesperson for himself under the names “John Miller” and “John Barron.” Guthrie asked if Trump pretended to be his own spokesperson routinely.
“No,” Trump replied. “It was not me on the phone, and it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I will tell you that.”
“You’re going so low as to talk about something that took place 25 years ago about whether or not I made a phone call, I guess you’re saying under a presumed name?” he continued. “The answer is no, and let’s get on to more current subjects. I mean, I know it’s wonderful for your listeners, but I think we have more important things to discuss.”
Read the full Washington Post report here.