Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Stuttering John' Comedian Tricks Jared Kushner into Prank Call with Donald Trump

'Stuttering John' Comedian Tricks Jared Kushner into Prank Call with Donald Trump

Comedian John Melendez, who hosts "The Stuttering John" podcast, prank called President Donald Trump and got a call back from him on Air Force One.

How did he do it?

On his podcast, Melendez continually teases that he's gonna call Trump, and said "Donald has always picked up the phone when I call him", and reads off the number for the White House switchboard.

The radio personality said he got through by leaving his cellphone number with the White House switchboard and fooling aides - including the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Politico reported that the White House was "scrambling" Thursday to figure out how the prankster had been able to gain access to the president so easily, while Axios described White House staffers as "freaking out" over the breach.

At the start of the purported call, the voice that sounds like Trump congratulates who he thought was Menendez on his acquittal in a federal corruption case, saying, "You went through a tough, tough situation, and I don't think a very fair situation. I'd like to do the larger solution rather than the smaller solution".

John quizzed the prez about everything from immigration to the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement. But a source familiar with the matter says the White House reached out to the senator's office afterward asking why he had called.

The White House would not comment on Friday on whether the recording was real but United States media reported that staff were scrambling to figure out how the call was allowed. But when Melendez insisted that Trump had said he would speak to Menendez, the operator, somewhat reluctantly, said she would try to connect him. I think we can do the whole thing ...

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"Congratulations on everything. We're proud of you".

Melendez pretended to be Sen. We have to have security at the border, we have to have it.

"As someone who has spent my entire career trying to convince Republicans to join me in reforming our nation's broken immigration system, I welcome any opportunity to have a real conversation with the president on how to uphold the American values that have guided our family-based immigration policy for the past century", he said. I mean, look, you've got 60 percent of the country, they've got to have security at the border.

"But I have to ask, what can I tell them you're going to do moving forward?"

"People are exhausted, you know, of the problem".

"Why would Bob Menendez, New Jersey senator, have an assistant with an English accent and an L.A. area code?" he asked.

Diamond and Silk, two pro-Trump YouTube stars who recently testified to the the US House of Representatives about Facebook's alleged censorship of conservatives, responded to the contretemps on Twitter, writing: "It should be against the law for a comedian to impersonate a government official".

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