There is an odd phone call recording making the rounds from 1991. Released by the Washington Post, the audio of the phone call can be heard below, with a voice that sounds just like Donald Trump.
However, as reported by Today, Trump is claiming that the phone call doesn’t sound like it contains the audio of his voice.
In the phone call, the person on the other end of the line claims to be a PR person named John Miller. The voice that sounds just like Trump’s in cadence and manner of speaking talks to the People writer about his love life and plenty of other subjects.
The recording represents the tactics that Trump has been accused of performing throughout the 1970s until the 1990s, where journalists and editors reported receiving calls from a man who sounded like Trump but called himself “John Miller” or “John Barron” — anything but Trump.
The audio recording making buzz from 1991 was recorded by Sue Carswell, a journalist for People.
Sue sought information about Trump’s divorce from Ivana Trump after 12 years of marriage. What she got was a man who sounded like Trump but said he was someone else and offered effusive praise about just how many women wanted Trump. The voice like Trump’s claimed that while Trump dated model Marla Maples, Trump also had three other girlfriends. One of those girlfriends was Carla Bruni, then an Italian model now well known for being married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
The voice that sounded like Trump went on to brag about all the actresses who called just to see if they could date Trump. Pop star Madonna was one of those women who the person on the phone claimed wanted to date Trump. Trump reportedly hung out with Madonna at the Plaza Hotel, said the interview subject.
A Madonna-Trump relationship seemed one-sided, with the Trump-sounding voice explaining that Madonna entered the gala wearing a beautiful evening gown and combat boots. However, the voice also seemed to admit that Madonna wasn’t interested in Trump despite bragging beforehand that Madonna wanted to date Trump.
“He’s got zero interest that night.”
Trump has been accused of trying to control the narrative that the media writes about him. While some reporters found these odd phone calls creepy and weird — others thought of them as Trump being playful.
However, when Sue allowed Marla to listen to the voice recording, Maples found it anything but playful. Marla cried when she heard the voice, which she confirmed as Trump’s voice, saying that a ring Trump gave Marla didn’t mean he was going to marry Maples.
Sue also reported that although the tape ended abruptly, there were also claims in the interview that Kim Basinger wanted to date Trump. Trump’s own words from The Art of the Deal reveal how Trump sought to control the press.
“One thing I’ve learned about the press is that they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better. The point is that if you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.
“I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.”
The resulting article, “Trump Says Goodbye Marla, Hello Carla… And a Mysterious PR Man Who Sounds Just Like Donald Calls to Spread the Story,” as reported by People, expressed the journalist’s doubts about the phone call.
“I mean, he’s living with Marla and he’s got three other girlfriends. . . He does things for himself. When he makes a decision, that will be a very lucky woman.”
Eventually, Trump married Maples. The two can be seen in the top photo above at the Holyfield-Foreman fight on April 19, 1991, at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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