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An oop­sie for Bri­tish pol Boris John­son: That was Pres­i­dent Trump on the line, not Bart Simp­son.

- U.S. News · Boris Johnson · Donald Trump · Bart Simpson · Prince Albert · Albert King · United States of America · White House · Howard Stern

But did he have Prince Al­bert in a can?

Bri­tish politi­cian Boris John­son says that when Pres­i­dent Trump called him re­cently, he hung up, think­ing it was a prank. In an in­ter­view pub­lished in the Sun­day Times, the MP and former for­eign sec­re­tary de­scribed get­ting a call from some­one who said they were from the switch­board of Down­ing Street, the prime min­is­ter’s res­i­dence and of­fice.

“The per­son had a mild Ir­ish ac­cent and said, ‘This is the No. 10 switch­board. We have got the pres­i­dent of the United States for you. I am go­ing to patch you through to the White House si­t­u­a­tion room,” he said.

But John­son sus­pected it was a gag of some kind, imag­in­ing him­self the butt of a stunt on a ra­dio show.

“Think­ing quickly as I do, I said, ‘To all our lis­ten­ers on Ra­dio Kilkenny, I was not fooled for an in­stant,’” he told the Times. But the joke was on him af­ter all: John­son says he hung up and called into Down­ing Street. “And in­deed it was the pres­i­dent,” he re­called.

Trump him­self has been the tar­get of a prank di­aler: John Me­len­dez, a.k.a. Stut­ter­ing John on “The Howard Stern Show,” re­leased au­dio of a con­ver­sa­tion he had with the world leader af­ter claim­ing to be a sen­a­tor and be­ing con­nected to Trump while the pres­i­dent was aboard Air Force One.

 ?? PA­TRICK SEMANSKY/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS ?? Bri­tish politi­cian Boris John­son, above, and Pres­i­dent Trump played phone tag re­cently.
PA­TRICK SEMANSKY/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Bri­tish politi­cian Boris John­son, above, and Pres­i­dent Trump played phone tag re­cently.
 ?? MATT DUNHAM/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS ??
MATT DUNHAM/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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