Regardless of how else anyone feels about both Donald Trump and new host of the Celebrity Apprentice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's undeniable to say they each have massive personalities. Both have waded into American politics, too, and given Schwarzenegger's recent ascension to The Apprentice's boardroom throne, it might seem like those politics are at least somewhat in line. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, that's definitely not the case.
On October 8, 2016, the popular trade reported that Schwarzenegger had made his political views very clear, stating on Twitter, "For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President." While his precise reasons went unstated, he continued, "But as proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else — American. So I want to take a moment to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party — it is your duty."
In spite of his very clear message, other Hollywood heavy hitters weren't swayed. In early November, Variety reported that Schwarzenegger found himself on the receiving end on some anger from Robert De Niro. De Niro, who bluntly refused to have his picture taken with Schwarzenegger, said, "If you're supporting Trump, I want nothing to do with you."
But just what Schwarzenegger really thinks of his Apprentice predecessor remains stubbornly unclear. When the LA Times reported on an early Apprentice press conference, they said that not only had Schwarzenegger said he had been on the phone to congratulate Trump on his win (even though he still maintains that he didn't vote for him), he also said that he saw nothing wrong with Trump's post-presidential ties to the television show, or the substantial salary he was getting.
"I knew from the beginning [Trump] was going to be executive producer of the show, his credit is on there," the Times reported him saying. "It's no different [from] when I was running for governor and I became governor, my credit as starring in Terminator … stayed the same."
Of course, given their recent spar over the Celebrity Apprentice's ratings, it appears their relationship will remain complicated for many years to come.