Seeing as he totally denounced Trump during the election, it's pretty funny to see Arnold Schwarzenegger singing a VERY different tune these days! Maybe he doesn't want to lose his new gig on The Apprentice
? (As you may remember, Arnie famously tweeted in October, “For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President.")
At press conference on Friday, the former California governor was asked whether he thought Trump should step down from his role as executive producer of the hit NBC series, to which he replied, “I think that I knew that from the beginning that he’s an executive producer on the show. It was on the credit when you watch the show, and I watched, I would say, probably 60 percent of all the shows before I took on this challenge [as host], so it’s no different than when I was running for governor and I became governor. My credit starring in Terminator still said Schwarzenegger and everything stayed the same and I continued getting royalties and all that stuff.”
“I don’t think that he is going to be co-hosting with me, even though maybe it’d be fun to have him as a guest advisor or something like this if he has the time. I don’t know if he has time or not," Schwarzenegger added. LOL. If it has time? Seeing as he has spent more time tweeting than he has in the Oval office, we're sure he'll work it into his schedule.
Trump will keep his executive producer credit on the show, according to Variety
, and as a result, he will still get paid, “likely to be in the low five figures, at minimum.” While it's true that he doesn't have to be that involved in the show, we think Arnie's suggestion that Trump appear as a guest advisor is complete BS. But apparently Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump's senior advisors (and former campaign manager), thinks it's his right to do whatever he wants in his free time.
“He’s a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he’s doing, and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts who tell him what he can do and not do as president of the United States,” Conway told CNN. “If this is one of the approved activities, then perhaps he will consider staying on.” She added that "presidents have a right to do things in their spare time. Were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president? ... It certainly seems like there is a lot of time to do [things] based on recent precedent while you’re president of the United States. But the point is the same. Whether it’s President Obama or President Donald Trump, the idea that these men are going to be all work and nothing else all the time is just unrealistic because it’s never happened in our lifetimes.”