Melendez told the Reporter that he was amazed the prank got as far as it did, given that it was a totally off-the-cuff idea with his producer to fill in some podcast airtime.
The Secret Service reportedly is questioning Melendez - who has hired Michael Avenatti as his lawyer. They apparently spoke to several of his neighbors seeking his whereabouts. The senator's chief of staff said Menendez never requested a call with the president and the message was passed on internally at the White House that the call was not to happen. While driving, he said he received another call: "They go, 'Hey, we have President Trump on the line for Senator Menendez'".
"He starts congratulating me on I don't know what", Melendez recalled to Inside Edition last week.
"I'm shocked this was able to get through", Connolly explained.
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.
Avenatti, who became a fixture on cable television discussing Daniels's claim of a decade-old affair with the president and $130,000 payoff for her silence, told the Associated Press that he took Melendez's case because "it demonstrates the complete incompetence of the president and many of those around him".
Posing as New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, comedian John Melendez said he contacted President Donald Trump on Wednesday night while he was on the presidential plane. The dutiful son-in-law, who is tasked with solving Middle East peace, then actually offered to pull the president out of a meeting on Air Force One, Melendez recalled.
"You heard it! There is no way it is not Donald Trump!"
"Instead of wasting time on this, Mr. Trump should focus on the numerous other things that are of a greater priority", Avenatti said.
A prank caller talking to the leader of the world's most powerful country aboard Air Force One?