Arnold Schwarzenegger Dodges Question About Trump
Arnold Schwarzenegger did not answer a question about President Donald Trump’s viability during an interview Friday on Australia TV.
The former governor of California, who has been critical of the president, dodged the question from host Gorgi Coghlan when she asked him point-blank if he thought Trump “will last the four years,” according to the Daily Mail. (RELATED: Trump Slams Arnold After Leaving ‘Celebrity Apprentice’: You Were ‘Fired’)
“The Arnold Classic [the event he was in Australia for], we will be here for four years, much longer,” Schwarzenegger responded. “I think for the next 400 years you will see Arnold Classic in Melbourne.”
When he was done, he told the host it was a “very nice try,” noting that he did hear the question — he just wasn’t going to answer.
Trump and the former “Terminator” star have been embroiled in a bit of a feud the last few weeks. It started after the president asked for prayers for the actor over failing ratings of his former reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Schwarzenegger took over as the host of the show after Trump left to run for president.
During an interview with Empire last month, the actor explained that his leaving was a direct result of the show being unable to garner support from sponsors and viewers because of Trump’s connection to it.
“When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people started boycotting it,” Schwarzenegger said. “Even if asked, I would decline. With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show.”
Trump responded by saying the show under Schwarzenegger had “pathetic ratings” and said the former governor was “fired.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017