Piers Morgan speaks to Donald Trump on the phone for five minutes longer than Theresa May

The controversial columnist, who has frequently called Mr Trump a friend, said the President-elect was on 'great form'

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While Hillary Clinton supporters wept into their pillows and Trump supporters flung their “Make America Great Again” hats into the air, Piers Morgan marked Donald Trump’s win by relishing in the fact he had predicted his victory. Speaking to anyone who would listen on Twitter, he said "you should have listened to your Uncle Piers".

Now the controversial columnist and editor-at-large of the US Mail Online has bragged about the fact he claims he spoke to the President-elect on the phone for a whole fifteen minutes. For the record, Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have spoken to the billionaire property mogul for just 10 minutes. 

“Just had a 15-minute conversation with President-elect Donald Trump. He was on great form and very excited about the challenges ahead,” Morgan, who regularly refers to Mr Trump as a “friend” and first met him on the first series of his Celebrity Apprentice, tweeted.

Meanwhile, according to a Downing Street spokesperson, Ms May is said to have congratulated Mr Trump on his “hard-fought election campaign and victory” in their phone conversation last Thursday.

“The Prime Minister and President-elect Trump agreed that the US-UK relationship was very important and very special, and that building on this would be a priority for them both,” a spokesperson said. “The call ended with President-elect Trump inviting the Prime Minister to visit him as soon as possible.”

Nevertheless, according to a transcript of the conversation seen by The Times, Mr Trump told Ms May: “If you travel to the US, you should let me know”. The paper reported that the pair had spoken for ten minutes but the informal casual tone of the invitation raised eyebrows among UK officials.

If this was not enough, Ms May is thought to have been the ninth leader Mr Trump called after his win. What’s more, as was widely reported and discussed, Nigel Farage became the first British politician - and first foreign politician for that matter - to meet the President-elect after his victory.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Question Time, Ms May made her commitment to maintaining the "special relationship" and thus Mr Trump clearer than ever.

After the SNP’s Tommy Shepherd asked her what she would do if Mr Trump followed through with his past promise to restrict access to the US for Muslims, she outrightly refused to criticise him.

“The special relationship we have with the United States is very important to both the United States and the United Kingdom. We will be continuing to build on that special relationship.”

“Of course we want to ensure the dignity of our citizens. It is up to the United States what rules it puts in place for entry across its borders but we will ensure that the special relationship continues, and does so in the interests of both the UK and the US.”

A representative for Mr Trump did not immediately respond to request for comment.