WASHINGTON | Comedian says he prank called Trump aboard Air Force 1

WASHINGTON  — A comedian says he spoke with President Donald Trump by phone after posing as a senator and that the call was patched through while the president was aboard Air Force One.

Comedian John Melendez is known as “Stuttering John” on “The Howard Stern Show.” He released audio of his prank call with Trump on his podcast last Thursday.

Melendez claimed to be Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and said he was connected to Trump while the president was traveling after a Wednesday night rally in North Dakota.

The White House was told Thursday that Menendez hadn’t reached out to Trump. That’s according to a person familiar with the call who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss it.

The White House is declining to discuss the incident.

By KEN THOMAS by Associated Press