A recording obtained by The Washington Post captures what New York reporters and editors who covered Trump‚Äôs early career experienced in the 1970s, ‚Äô80s and ‚Äô90s: calls from Trump‚Äôs Manhattan office that resulted in conversations with ‚ÄúJohn Miller‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúJohn Barron‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ public-relations men who sound precisely like Trump himself ‚ÄĒ who indeed are Trump, masquerading as an unusually helpful and boastful advocate for himself, according to the journalists and several of Trump‚Äôs top aides.
In 1991, Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine, called Trump‚Äôs office seeking an interview with the developer. She had just been assigned to cover the soap opera surrounding the end of Trump‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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. ‚ÄúHe really didn‚Äôt want to make a commitment,‚ÄĚ Miller said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs coming out of a marriage, and he‚Äôs starting to do tremendously well financially.‚ÄĚ
Miller turned out to be a remarkably forthcoming source ‚ÄĒ a spokesman with rare insight into the private thoughts and feelings of his client. ‚ÄúHave you met him?‚ÄĚ Miller asked the reporter. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a good guy, and he‚Äôs not going to hurt anybody. .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. He treated his wife well and .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. he will treat Marla well.‚ÄĚhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-alter-ego-barron/2016/05/12/02ac99ec-16fe-11e6-aa55-670cabef46e0_story.html?utm_term=.d92deed58bde