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Trump prays for Schwarzenegger’s ratings on Apprentice

Terminator star fires back with zinger at Trump on twitter

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 February, 2017, 1:32am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 February, 2017, 1:32am

President Donald Trump opened his first appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast with a prayer for the television ratings of the man who succeeded him as host of “The Apprentice.”

“They hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place. We know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tube,” Trump joked, prompting laughter from the audience. “I want to just pray for Arnold for those ratings.”

The apparently ad-libbed monologue at the top of Trump’s remarks came minutes after he was introduced by television and movie producer Mark Burnett, who helped Trump create the show.

Schwarzenegger fired back on Twitter with a video responding directly to the president’s comments.

Burnett recounted how he pitched the idea to Trump and his agent. Burnett and Trump noted that the agent hated the idea for the show. Trump said that he personally approved the idea with Burnett and later fired the agent after the show became a success.

“I really fired him after it became the number one show,” Trump said of the agent.

The comments were an unusual start to the bipartisan breakfast. But they were not so unusual for a president who prides himself on putting on a good show and garnering good ratings.

He has taken Schwarzenegger to task in the past for low ratings and accused the former California governor of siding with his political opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Eventually, Trump seemed to return to his prepared remarks for the event.