Piers Morgan reveals Trump fell victim to hoax caller who impersonated him

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10: Television Personality Donald Trump and journalist Piers Morgan attend the celebration of Perfumania and Kim Kardashian�s appearance on NBC�s "The Apprentice" at the Provocateur at The Hotel Gansevoort on November 10, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Piers Morgan in New York in 2010 (Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

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.

Donald Trump, left, and Piers Morgan arrive for the Perfumania party celebrating the appearance of Kim Kardashian on the reality show "The Apprentice", Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Donald Trump and Piers Morgan in 2010 (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

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.

Piers Morgan at the ITV Palooza at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Piers Morgan (Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

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.

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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'."