A Russian comedian has posted a phone conversation on his Facebook page he claims is with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters in which he poses as the prime minister of Ukraine.
And Waters falls for it — hard.
“I was surprised to hear that you called me,” Waters tells a man known as Vovan, “but I’m delighted to talk with you.”
The comedian, posing as Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, and Waters discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia and Donald Trump’s position on them.
He went on to tell Waters that he has “good relations with Ms. Clinton.”
“She doing fine,” Waters responded. “She has come out some. I think she did one or two speeches and she’s been tweeting a bit on her telephone.
“So she’s coming back, she’s going to be alright.”
Waters seemed to be confused repeatedly by geographical locations, including
The comedian informed Waters that Russians hackers affected elections in the African province of Limpopo.
He told Waters Vladimir Putin advisors “Bovan” and “Lexus” ordered the alleged hacking.
“What are their internet names?” Waters inquired.
He then informed Waters that Putin invaded Gabon and she seemed to believe it.
The comedian told Waters about Putin’s new “hackers weapon.”
“Our president, he was in his office, and he watched the TV,” Vovan said in broken English. “And what happened, his TV channel changed by itself to Russia Today and it was interview with Putin.
“So, I don’t know, somehow they got access to TV lines,” he said.
“It happened to me, too!” Waters exclaimed in response.
“I was on the (House) floor talking and I got blacked out and Russia Today with an ad came on for 10 minutes.
Vovan’s accomplice could be heard laughing in the background.
“That’s terrible,” he said.
“Yep, absolutely,” Water said.
“We tried to find out who was responsible for it because C-SPAN manages our communications system and they could not give us a good explanation. They simply said it was a technical difficulty.”
Waters ended the call by saying she wanted to stay in touch and in the future “meet face-to-face.”