"I'm shocked … I mean, we did that as a fool, I'm a comedian," said John Melendez, better known as Stuttering John. "I just could not believe it took an hour and a half to reach Jared Kushner and Donald Trump of Air Force One."
The two also discuss the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy, according to Audio on the podcast. The voice, which sounds like Trump, promises the wrong Menendez that he will nominate a new justice in "1
"All you had to ask me is what party affiliation Sen. Menendez is or which state he is senator of, and I did not know, but they did not ask me," Melendez told CNN.
Melendez told CNN that they initially called the White House and were honest about their identity The White House said Trump was busy and hung up.
So they called again, but this time as "Shawn Moore," a false assistant to Menendez.
"I changed my voice to an English accent, making the worst English accent in the history of English accents, so I said," Yes, that's Shawn Moore, Sen. Menendez's assistant and us would like to talk to the president. "They said they would call me back and then they called back to the cell phone," recalls Melendez.
According to audio broadcast on Melendez 'podcast, Trump shouted during the Fly back to Air Force One on his return from his rally in Fargo, North Dakota, on Wednesday evening.
"Donald picks up the phone and I start talking to the President. I never told Donald that I'm Sen. Menendez. I was just talking to my Long Island accent. The thing is, you hear my bad Long Island accent and a voice that Donald has spoken so often with, "Melendez said.
" The president wants to be accessible to members and engage them and wants them to have the opportunity have to connect. The downside is that sometimes the channels are too wide open and mistakes like this happen, "a White House representative said of the incident.
A source said someone in the White House Legislative Bureau overheard the phone call on Thursday morning The source said the New Jersey Democrats were very confused and did not know what it was about, they have not spoken to the White House since the recording was published.
"As someone who Who has spent my whole career convincing the Republicans to work with me on reforming our broken immigration system, I welcome every opportunity to have a genuine conversation with the President on the respect of American values that our family – based immigration policy for the United States destined to rupture the children of their mothers is not one of our s History so far, so far, the White House has only sabotaged every good – the effort to find a common ground for common immigration, "said Menendez in a statement.
CNN's Elizabeth Landers contributed to this report.