Los Angeles (CNN)Donald Trump admitted Wednesday that he used aliases for business deals but denied that a recently-surfaced audio recording of him pretending to be his own publicist was really his own voice.
“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,” Trump said on ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“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.”
Earlier this month, Trump denied that a 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 to Kimmel. “You think that sounded like me?”
“Yeah,” Kimmel said to laughter, though the comedian praised it as a “brilliant” and “funny” tactic.
“I will say this: To me, that didn't sound like my voice,” Trump said.
Kimmel is also hosting Bernie Sanders this week, and he read out loud a question from the Democratic presidential candidate for Trump. The candidate wanted to know if he would debate Sanders and if he was prepared to talk about “major issues.”
“Yes, I am,” Trump fired back. “How much is he going to pay me?”
Trump went on to say that a Trump-Sanders debate “would have such high ratings” that the two could raise a lot of money for a “worthy charity.”
Even if a network put up the money to host the two candidates and give the profits to a charity, Trump said, “I would love to do that.”
Bernie Sanders said he was willing to do the debate on Twitter.
“Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary,” he wrote.
Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesman, said that Kimmel allowed the Sanders campaign to submit a question to Trump to be asked during the taping — so they asked about a potential debate.
The Sanders campaign jokingly, but half seriously, wants to debate Trump now that Clinton has declined to debate. They think it'll be (as Trump also said) the highest rating ever on whatever network that would run it.
Briggs says that he expects that Trump will be allowed to do the same thing when Sanders tapes Kimmel Thursday night.
With Trump's attempts to revive '90's-era Clinton scandals — and debunked conspiracy theories — dominating headlines this week, Kimmel brought up Trump quotes from 2008 and 2012 in which the billionaire said nice things about Hillary Clinton.
Trump, as he's often done before, said that as a businessman it was smart to “speak well of everybody.”