The US President, who is in possession of the codes to a nuclear arsenal, opted not for a call to unity in a fractured world at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, but instead chose to rubbish his successor on the reality TV show.
The Terminator star replaced Trump on the NBC show in January, and has struggled to attract the ratings it achieved at its peak. Trump remains an executive producer on the show.
At the breakfast, the President mused:
“When I ran for president, I had to leave the show. That’s when I knew for sure I was doing it (running for president). 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. It’s been a total disaster.”
“I want to just pray for Arnold if we can ― for those ratings.”
The comments came as Trump discussed his relationship with “Celebrity Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett, who introduced Trump at the breakfast.
“Mark will never, ever bet against Trump again,” the President added, modestly.
The Austrian-born former governor of California respond on social media with a suggestion that may soothe Trump’s concerns over the state of prime-time TV.
“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, so then people can finally sleep comfortably again.”