Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy:
NBC & Getty Images / Tom Pennington

Donald Trump's Former Adviser Says Trump Posed As His Own Publicist

Roger Stone, political strategist and former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, said the business magnate wanted to put his own spin on stories.

By Jamal Andress | May 16, 2016

Roger Stone, political strategist and former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, says Trump posed as his own publicist at least once back in 1991. 

"This is ridiculous. ... Trump wanted to get his spin on a story, so he handled the press call himself. ... What difference does it make?" Stone said.

Last week, The Washington Post reported Trump posed as his own publicist under the name John Miller for decades to plant stories about himself and answer reporters' questions.  

Article Continues Below

Shortly afterward, Trump denied the Post's report. 

"It was not me on the phone, and it doesn't sound like me on the phone, I will tell you that," he said. 

But despite Trump's comments, Stone says it was him on a press call more than 20 years ago and that the fake name isn't odd behavior. Stone pointed to the Founding Fathers who wrote under pseudonyms.

"This is ridiculous. James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton — they all wrote under pseudonyms. They all had things they wanted to say, and they wrote under pseudonyms," Stone said. 

Stone also criticized the media for discussing whether the GOP front-runner routinely lied to reporters about his identity, saying there are more important issues to discuss. 

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Presidential Election Coverage