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Trump Mocks Schwarzenneger At National Prayer Breakfast

| by Ray Brown

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump, the former host of NBC's reality show "The Apprentice," criticized his successor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, for lackluster ratings.

"We had tremendous success on 'The Apprentice,' and when I ran for president I had to leave the show," Trump said, according to Fox News. "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."

Trump went on to criticize the show's producer.

"It’s been a total disaster and Mark [Burnett] will never, never bet against Trump again," he said.

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Schwarzenegger, one of the biggest action movie stars in history, as well as a former two-term governor of California, posted a video response to Trump's comments on Twitter.

"Hey Donald, I have a great idea. Why don't we switch jobs?" Schwarzenegger said. "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?"

According to Entertainment Weekly, "The Apprentice" ratings are down 44 percent without Trump. Scheduling, competition from college football, and Trump's attachment to the show causing many to change the channel have all been blamed for the ratings drop.

But Schwarzenegger and Trump have had disagreements outside of reality shows, as well.

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Shortly after Trump signed an executive order that banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including those who have already been approved for visas and green cards, Schwarzenegger, an immigrant from Austria, criticized the move.

"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,” Schwarzenegger said, according to Fox News. "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."

Sources: Fox News, Entertainment Weekly, Arnold/Twitter/ Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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