A comedian known for his work on “The Howard Stern Show” says he was patched through to President Trump on Air Force One this week after impersonating a Democratic senator on the telephone.
Comedian John Melendez of “The Stuttering John” podcast posted audio on Thursday of his conversation with the president, where Melendez claimed to be New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. During the call, the two apparently discussed immigration and the Supreme Court for several minutes as Trump flew back from a rally in North Dakota.
“I find it astounding that the news media’s not picking up the fact that I totally duped the President & got in touch…in less than 2 hours while he was on Air Force One,” Melendez tweeted Thursday.
I find it astounding that the news media’s not picking up the fact that I totally duped the President & got in touch within in less than 2 hours while he was on Air Force One. Shame on, NBC/, CNN & Huffington Post. I gave them a news story on their laps.
— John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm) June 29, 2018
A senior White House official declined to comment to Fox News, citing security issues.
Politico reports that the White House is scrambling to figure out how the prank caller got Trump on the line.
During the podcast, Melendez played audio of his call to the White House switchboard, where he claimed he needed to talk to the president immediately about pending legislation.
He reached several White House operators before being told the president would call him back. According to the comedian, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner returned the call, connecting him to Trump.