A comedian has successfully pulled a prank on the US president with a fake phone call, raising concerns that White House security had not been up to par.
John Melendez, a radio show personality, said he had called Trump while the president was traveling to Washington DC on board Air Force One. The bizarre incident was widely reported last Friday.
In an audio recording of the calls released last Thursday, Melendez called up the White House and managed to convince the operator that he was an assistant for Senator Robert Menendez, and that the lawmaker needed to speak to Trump on a "pressing" issue.
Melendez spoke with three White House aides on two phone calls. At one point a White House aide questioned why the New Jersey senator's assistant was calling from a California cell phone number. Melendez said they were "on vacation", which satisfied the White House aide.
After several exchanges, Melendez was finally able to reach Trump and carried a five-minute conversation with Trump on issues such as immigration reform and options to fill a vacancy at the Supreme Court.
The White House has not confirmed the prank call, but according to US media, White House officials were scrambling to find how a prank phone call had been patched through so easily and are looking at ways to improve security for the White House.