Piers Morgan has revealed that a prankster pretending to be him managed to get through to Donald Trump on the phone while he was on Air Force One.
The Good Morning Britain presenter made the startling revelation during an interview on the BBC’s Americast podcast, calling it “an absolutely hilarious story”.
The incident is said to have taken place last October.
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Morgan and Trump, who have been friends over the years, had had a falling out then Trump suddenly rang Morgan out of the blue.
It later transpired that the day before, the then US president had received a call from a “fake Piers”.
Morgan explained: “Somebody had called him pretending to be me the day before and had got through to him on Air Force One!”
Trump did not realise that the caller was not actually the TV presenter.
"They had a conversation with Trump thinking he was talking to me,” Morgan said.
The TV star had counted Trump as a friend after meeting him on Celebrity Apprentice in 2008.
However, he started to distance himself from Trump in 2020 as he criticised what he called his “reckless” response to the coronavirus pandemic.
And he renounced their friendship following the attack on Washington DC’s Capitol building.
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Writing for MailOnline after the attack, Morgan said: "I can't remain friends with someone who says he 'loves' a bunch of violent Nazi sympathisers and white supremacists who've just launched a deadly attack on the epicentre of US democracy itself and thinks they're 'special people'."