Real Trump? ABC News Gets Answers (sort of)

Five days after ABC News pointed out the possible phantom (or unreal) tweets of the “Real” Donald Trump, he (or his assistant) just posted this:

@RealDonaldTrump I dictate my tweets to my executive assistant and she posts them. “Time is money”—The Art of the Deal.

ABC News reported the following last week during a live television broadcast:

Donald Trump owns hotels, hosts a TV show and occasionally almost runs for president. But [Friday] he has taken multi-tasking to a whole new level. While sitting in the audience of  “Live with Regis and Kelly,” for the heartfelt final show in the long career of Regis Philbin, Trump sent a tweet from his account “@RealDonaldTrump.” Or at least there was a tweet sent from his account.

As with many of his tweets these days, it was political in nature, about the health care debate: “Regardless of the USC’s ruling, ObamaCare can only be defeated politically. It must be legislatively repealed or America will go bankrupt.”

The tweet was sent at 9:57 a.m., at the very moment when Philbin, an old and dear friend of Trump, was speaking to the camera with his final thoughts on his career, and the show he was leaving behind. Trump was seated in the audience along with celebrities John McEnroe, Alan Alda, Tony Danza, and ABC News’ very own Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts and Sam Champion. During the show, the camera fell on Trump several times, but it wasn’t on him at the moment this tweet was sent.

It’s unclear whether he snuck out of the Regis farewell to tweet about health care, was tweeting from the audience while Regis was saying goodbye, or maybe the @RealDonaldTrump isn’t quite as real as advertised.

Many celebrities have others tweet for them. Trump aides reached for comment did not know the timing or genesis of this tweet.

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