It isn't every day that a comedian manages to speak to the president of the United States by pretending to be a USA senator, but comedian and "Stuttering John" podcaster John Melendez claims he did that this week. Once connected to Air Force One, Melendez pretended to be an aide to the Senator while an unnamed friend impersonated Menendez.
While the White House isn't commenting on the matter, the audio has been posted online in a podcast.
"I mean, we did this as a goof; I'm a comedian", Melendez said. In two phone calls, the person on the White House end didn't seem to question the awful English accident or how Melendez explained calling from a cell phone with an 818 area code - San Fernando Valley - because he was "on vacation".
But when he identified himself as Melendez, the White House blew him off.
He is a comedian Melendez said his plan to play the President could "easily fall", but this did not happen.
The Secret Service reportedly is questioning Melendez - who has hired Michael Avenatti as his lawyer. The president congratulated him on the Justice Department's dismissal of corruption charges against him, discussed immigration and his next Supreme Court pick, and bragged about the North Dakota rally from which he was returning. A source familiar says Melendez reached out to Avenatti about possible representation, but nothing has been formalized.
On Sunday, Melendez tweeted that he had been contacted by the Secret Service for a Monday interview.
In response, Trump said he wanted to take care of the situation "every bit as much as anybody else" and went on to cite his standard position on immigration reform. Speaking to Inside Edition last week, Melendez also offered an apology to the president for the prank.
Avenatti, of course, previously represented controversial porn actress Stormy Daniels.
"All they had to ask me is what party affiliation is Sen".