- The Washington Times
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Former California Gov. and action movie icon Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a new interview that he believes President Trump has been so quick to publicly ridicule him in the past because the president is really “in love” with him and wants to be him.

“I think he really — he’s in love with me,” Mr. Schwarzeneggertold Men’s Health magazine for its October issue. “That’s the reality of it. With Trump, he wants to be me.”

Mr. Trump has repeatedly mocked Mr. Schwarzenegger’s low ratings during his brief stint as the president’s replacement host of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Mr. Schwarzenegger quit the show in 2017 after what turned out to be the show’s final season, citing the “baggage” that came with the gig. Mr. Trump claimed the movie star was really fired because of his poor ratings.

The two have been feuding ever since and Mr. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, routinely criticizes the president and his policies, particularly on climate change.

In his interview with Men’s Health, Mr. Schwarzenegger recalled his relationship with Mr. Trump long before he became president.

“I don’t think he fears me,” he said. “But I remember that in the old days, when we went to the wrestling matches, the way he admired people with bodies, and the way they would jump around in the ring, and to perform physical stunts and stuff like that — he had great admiration for that. And the showmanship — he had great admiration for that. He asked me, ‘How do you do that, with the movies? I mean, it’s so believable.’ He drilled down to specific questions that fascinated him. It was about, ‘How do you sell something?’ Like, a scene. ‘How do you go and act out a scene so that I get affected emotionally?’ He was fascinated by that.”

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