Los Angeles: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has admitted that he used aliases for business deals, saying many people in the real estate business do that to avoid paying more money.
Less than two weeks after denying that he impersonated his own spokesman in a 25-year-old tape, Donald Trump said on a ABC News show aired on Thursday that he often used aliases throughout his business career.
However, he still denied being the voice in the 1991 recording claiming to be the mysterious Trump spokesman "John Miller".
"You know, over the years I've used aliases. And when I'm in real estate and especially when I was out in Brooklyn with my father and I'd want to buy something," the 69-year-old business tycoon said.
"I would never want to use my name because you had to pay more money for the land. If you tried to buy land, you used different names," he said.
Asked which names he used, Trump said he liked the name "Barron," which he named his now 10-year-old son.
"I made a very good deal using that name," Trump said, without offering specifics about the deal.
"I used an alias in terms of setting up a meeting with Mr Donald Trump, and it was, and many people in the real estate business do that. You use aliases, and you have to do it. Otherwise they find out it's you, and they charge you more money and nobody wants to pay more money," he said.
Earlier this month, Trump denied that the newly surfaced audio recording of a man sounding like Trump and posing to be his own spokesman was indeed him.
"It didn't sound like me, though, really," Trump said. "You think that sounded like me?"
"I will say this: To me, that didn't sound like my voice," Trump said on the show.
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Updated Date: May 26, 2016 20:16:15 IST