Schwarzenegger brushes off Trump's jabs over 'Apprentice' ratings: 'I have thick skin'

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Feb. 7, 2017 episode of "Celebrity Apprentice." (Supplied by

Former California governor and “Celebrity Apprentice” host Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that he did not vote for Donald Trump in November because the president is not “a man of the future.”

“I told him I cannot endorse you because you want to bring coal back,” the “Terminator” star told Van Jones on CNN’s “The Messy Truth.” “The next thing you’ll want to bring back is horse and buggies or blockbuster or pagers and stuff like that. I told him, I don’t think you’re a man of the future.”

Schwarzenegger laughed off Trump’s attacks on him, including insults delivered in a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.

“I have thick skin,” he said. “This doesn’t bother me at all.”

While Trump, an executive producer of Schwarzenegger’s recent “Apprentice” run and the show’s original host, has bragged that ratings cratered after he handed the reins to a movie star, Schwarzenegger blamed Trump for viewers fleeing the program.

“If you didn’t open up your mouth and tell everybody you’re the executive producer, we would have had really great ratings on the show,” he said.

“The advertisers left. The audience left. They hate the guy,” he told Jones.

Schwarzenegger, who has been critical of spending cuts for afterschool programs in Trump’s recent budget proposal, said he will not return to host again in part because he does not want to get caught up in “this political thing.”

Still, the actor said he and the president have been friends for decades and have crossed paths many times throughout their careers.

“We’ve run into each other in professional wrestling,” he added.

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