“He’s coming out of a marriage, and he’s starting to do tremendously well financially.” Miller turned out to be a remarkably forthcoming source — a spokesman with rare insight into the private thoughts and feelings of his client. From his earliest years in business, he occasionally called reporters using the name “John Barron.” A “John Baron,” described as a “vice-president of the Trump organization,” appeared in a front-page New York Times article as early as 1980, defending Trump’s decision to destroy sculptures on the facade of the Bonwit Teller department store building, the Fifth Avenue landmark he was demolishing to make way for his Trump Tower.Barron was quoted variously as a “Trump spokesman,” “Trump executive” or “Trump representative” in New York magazine, The Washington Post and other publications.
The voice is instantly familiar; the tone, confident, even cocky; the cadence, distinctly Trumpian. he will treat Marla well.” [Read the full text of the ‘John Miller’ interview] Some reporters found the calls from Miller or Barron disturbing or even creepy; others thought they were just examples of Trump being playful. ” and then he quickly pivoted back into talking about Trump — then a 44-year-old father of three — in the third person.The man on the phone vigorously defending Donald Trump says he’s a media spokesman named John Miller, but then he says, “I’m sort of new here,” and “I’m somebody that he knows and I think somebody that he trusts and likes” and even “I’m going to do this a little, part time, and then, yeah, go on with my life.” 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. Today, as the presumptive Republican nominee for president faces questions about his attitudes toward women, what stands out to some who received those calls is Trump’s characterization of women whom he portrayed as drawn to him sexually. In 1990, Trump testified in a court case that “I believe on occasion I used that name.” In a phone call to NBC’s “Today” program Friday morning after this article appeared online, Trump denied that he was John Miller.In 2004, when Trump commissioned a dramatic TV series based on the life of a New York real estate mogul like him, his only request to the writer was to name the main character “Barron.” And when Trump and his third wife, Melania, had a son, they named him Barron.[Watch a scene from the drama series based on Trump’s life] In the 1991 recording, Miller sounded quite at ease regaling the reporter with tales of Trump hanging out with Madonna at a ball at the Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time.Asked about the rumored Madonna-Trump friendship, Miller, unlike every other PR man on the planet, neither batted the question away nor gave it short shrift. ” Carswell, the reporter, sounded a bit startled: “Yeah, obviously,” she replied.
Whereupon Miller offered a detailed account of the Trump encounter with Madonna, who “came in a beautiful evening gown and combat boots.” The PR man assured the reporter that nothing untoward occurred: “He’s got zero interest that night.” Miller also revealed to Carswell why Trump seemed to relish any and all media coverage, even the most critical.