President Trump knows how to keep in the news cycle, as POTUS and as the former star of hit reality TV show, The Apprentice.
This is what Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast…
“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 [producer] Mark [Burnett] will never, ever bet against Trump again, and I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings.”
Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast says he wants to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Apprentice” ratings pic.twitter.com/aNylJiy4UT
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 2, 2017
Schwarzenegger fired back with this Twitter video…
“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 comfortable again. Hmm?”
The National Prayer Breakfast? pic.twitter.com/KYUqEZbJIE
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 2, 2017
Schwarzenegger’s spokesman,Daniel Ketchell, sent a statement to ABC News following Trump’s remarks…
“Arnold is praying that President Trump can start improving his own approval ratings, which were the worst in history for an incoming president, by taking his job seriously and working inclusively.”
Schwarzenegger spokesman in response to Pres. Trump: “Arnold is praying that President Trump can start improving his own approval ratings.” pic.twitter.com/OHseIHzoeh
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 2, 2017
Zerohedge weighs in on what may simply be a Trump manufactured distraction…
The back and forth lead to Trump’s old nemesis, former Mexican president Vicente Fox, to also chime in: “Just do your job, Donald. He looks RIDICULOUS fighting with every single celebrity. Such a CLOWN.”
Perhaps what is most concerning is not that the president is engaging in what are otherwise petty ego attacks, but that this may be yet another tactical ruse by Trump to get the media’s attention focused on precisely this “conflict” (which will surely boost ratings of The Apprentice), while ignoring the far more pressing issues facing the Trump administration during today’s news cycle.
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