President Donald Trump apparently carried on a lengthy phone conversation from Air Force One with Stuttering John, who claims he duped the president into believing he was Democratic NJ Senator Bob Menendez.
John Melendez, former longtime regular on The Howard Stern Show also known as “Stuttering John,” posed as Menendez, a frequent Trump policy critic, in a podcast he posted online. He said he got Trump to open up about his next Supreme Court justice pick and his zero tolerance immigration policy.
The conversations were made public after Stuttering John posted the material to “The Stuttering John” podcast.
‘Hi, Bob. How are you, congratulations on everything, we’re proud of you. Congratulations, you’re doing a great job,’ says President Trump at the start of the call.
He then made reference to Menendez’s past indictment on corruption charges, which resulted in a hung jury last year before a federal judge cleared him earlier this year at the request of prosecutors.
‘You went through a tough, tough situation – and I don’t think a very fair situation – but congratulations,’ President Trump said in audio first played during Melendez’s Stuttering John podcast on Thursday.
Melendez then asked what he could tell his constituents in regards to the topic of immigration moving forward.
‘So Bob, let me just tell you: I want to be able to take care of the situation every bit as much as anyone else, at the top level,’ replied President Trump.
‘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.’
He continued: ‘I have a good relationship with the party, you have a good relationship with the party, and I think we could do a real immigration bill. We have to have security at the border, we have to have it. I mean, look, you’ve got 60 percent of the country, they’ve got to have security at the border.
‘And that’s a good excuse for the Democrats too, Bob. It’s not like, it’s good for you or good for me, it’s good for both of us … I’m tired of the problem. So Bob here’s what – let me do this, I’m on Air Force One, uh, I’m just coming back from an amazing rally in North Dakota, actually.’
The conversation also touched on the Supreme Court and Trump’s thoughts on a prospective candidate following the news that Justice Kennedy was retiring from the bench.
Melendez said Trump should have recognized his voice because he said they have spoken in the past at least 20 times. Trump was a frequent guest on Howard Stern’s show. “He’s even given me real estate advice,” the comedian said.
Stuttering John also claims that the Secret Service paid him a visit after he was able to patch through to the President on Air Force One.
Melendez wrote on Twitter: ‘Secret service about to arrest me. Unbelievable! They should arrest Jared Kushner for putting the call through, shame on Donald Trump who has been a friend of mine for years.’
“I think I did Donald Trump a service by exposing how inadequate his screening staff is,” said the comedian. “And if Jared Kushner was not married to his daughter, he’d be gone.”