U.S. President Donald Trump was fooled into taking a prank call while on board Air Force One Thursday, according to the comedian behind the stunt.
Comedian John Melendez, whose stage name is Stuttering John, published a podcast in which he poses as Senator Bob Menendez and a fake assistant. In the recording, he talks to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and receives a call back from someone who he claims is the president himself. "I'd like to do the larger solution, rather than the smaller solution. They're doing them step by step. I think we can do the whole thing."
In the podcast, Melendez also plays a recording of a conversation he claims to have had with Kushner while posing as a congressional aide, in which the White House adviser agrees to have Trump return his call when he says he wants to discuss immigration.
In an interview with CNN, Melendez said that if he had been asked basic questions by presidential aides when attempting to reach the president, the prank would have fallen to pieces.
"All they had to ask me is what party affiliation is Senator Menendez, or what state is he a senator of, and I would not have known. But they didn't ask me any of this," he remarked.
According to the report, when White House officials followed up with an inquiry to Senator Menendez’s office about the conversation with the president they were met with confusion, with the senator’s aides not aware of any conversation having taken place.