President Trump on Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast blasted movie star and “The Apprentice” TV show host, Arnold Schwarzenegger. “The New Apprentice’s” executive producer, Mark Burnett, introduced Trump at the Breakfast. Here’s what the President had to say:
“We had tremendous success on ‘The Apprentice,’ and when I ran for president, I had to leave the show. That’s when I knew for sure I was doing it, and they hired a big, big movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger to take my place, and we know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It’s been a total disaster, and Mark [Burnett] will never, never bet against Trump again.”
The audience responded with light laughter when Trump quipped, “I just want to pray for Arnold if we can – for those ratings.”
Although the comment appeared to be a joke, this was not the first time Trump has talked dismissively about the ratings of “Celebrity Apprentice” since the latest version of the show premiered last month.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had spoken out against President Trump’s executive order that bars citizens from seven Muslim countries entering the U.S. in a recent interview with “Extra.”
In a video posted on social media, Arnold Schwarzenegger responded to Trump’s remarks:
“Hey Donald, I have a great idea. Why don’t we switch jobs? You take over TV because you’re such an expert in ratings and I take over your job and then people can finally sleep comfortably again, hmm?”
The response was only meant to remind President Trump of his new role, and the swap is not constitutionally possible as the movie star was born in Austria and became a U.S. citizen in 1983.
Daniel Ketchell, the spokesman for Schwarzenegger, expounded the statement by saying that Arnold is praying that President Trump starts improving his personal approval ratings, which are the lowest of any incoming President, by working inclusively and taking his job seriously.
The former California governor had earlier called Trump’s executive order “hasty.”
“To go and ban people who have a green card, that means that the United States of America has given you permission to work here permanently and you are on the way to permanent citizenship… I was in that position. It’s crazy. It’s crazy, and makes us look stupid when the White House is ill-prepared to put this kind of executive order out there.”
President Trump had clashed with Schwarzenegger in the past after he supported John Kasich during the Republican primary and refused to back Trump after the nomination got finalized.
When the ratings got out for the new host, Schwarzenegger, the then President-elect Trump tweeted last month:
“Wow, the ratings are in, and Arnold Schwarzenegger got swamped by comparison to the rating machine, DJT.”
Schwarzenegger responded by wishing Trump luck for his new role and also added that he hoped Trump would work for ALL American people as aggressively as he worked for his ratings.