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On the heels of a new Gallup poll that put the president’s approval rating at a low of 37 percent, the former governor of California tweeted a video in which he mocked Trump. Schwarzenegger also took the opportunity to criticize Trump’s recently released budget proposal, which would cut funding for programs like Meals on Wheels and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Oh, Donald — the ratings are in, and you got swamped,” Schwarzenegger said in the video. “Wow. Now you’re in the 30s? But what do you expect? I mean when you take away afterschool programs for children and Meals on Wheels for the poor people, that’s not what you call ‘making America great again.’ Come on!”
He continued, “I mean, who is advising you? Let me give you some advice: Go to a middle school — the Hart Middle School, right in Washington, six miles away from the White House. I’ll take you there, so you can see the fantastic work that they’re doing for these children. Let’s do it, huh?”
Schwarzenegger also included a link to the website of After-School All-Stars — a nonprofit he founded — which partners with schools to provide afterschool programs for low-income students to keep kids safe and expand their learning opportunities.
Schwarzenegger and Trump have been feuding on Twitter for months. The feud kicked into high gear when Trump became critical of The Celebrity Apprentice‘s poor ratings after Schwarzenegger replaced the president as host of the show’s 15th season, which wrapped in February. The season’s ratings were down nearly 42 percent over its seven-week run, in comparison to the last season hosted by Trump.
Earlier this month, Schwarzenegger announced that he would be leaving his hosting duties on the NBC reality series, on which Trump has remained an executive producer, due to the show’s “baggage.”
“I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett. Everyone — from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department — was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn’t have this baggage,” he said in a statement.
A day later, Trump claimed on Twitter that Schwarzenegger didn’t voluntarily quit the show, but that “he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show.”
Schwarzenegger fired back at Trump’s claim with a tweet of his own, writing to the president, “You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker.” Asked in an interview a couple of days later on SiriusXM’s The Michael Smerconish Program why the president continues to berate him online, Schwarzenegger said simply, “I think he’s in love with me.”
Watch Schwarzenegger’s Twitter video here.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 21, 2017
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