Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE must be "in love" with him to carry on their public feud from the White House.
“Why do you think the president is fixated on you?” host Michael Smerconish asked Schwarzenegger on his Sirius XM broadcast Tuesday. "Why does he keep talking about you through his Twitter feed?”
“I think he’s in love with me,” Schwarzenegger responded.
“Is that what it is?” Smerconish said. "You’ve had a long relationship with [Trump].”
“Yeah, I think so,” the movie star chuckled. "Oh yes.”
Schwarzenegger would not comment on Trump further despite Smerconish’s prodding.
The former Republican governor of California went on to say that Republicans and Democrats have to come together to get anything done.
“I believe very strongly in what [Dwight] Eisenhower said,” Schwarzenegger said. "That politics is like the road: The left and the right is like the gutter, and the center is drivable.”
“And I believe that the action is in the center, and I hope that the politicians wake up one day and just decide that they want to do the people’s work rather than the party’s work. Because the way it is right now, it doesn’t work, nothing is getting accomplished.”
Schwarzenegger announced last week that his first season as host of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” would also be his last.
Trump launched the reality television series in 2004 and has since repeatedly mocked Schwarzenegger’s performance in his former role.
“Even if asked, I would decline,” Schwarzenegger told Empire magazine on March 3. "I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity. But under the circumstances, I don’t want to do it again.”
“With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or sponsor or in any other way support the show,” he added of the show’s ratings performance. "It’s a very divisive period right now and I think the show got caught up in all that division.”
Trump is still credited as an executive producer on the show.
Trump tweeted last Saturday that Schwarzenegger was “fired” over his “bad (pathetic) ratings” hosting the show.
Schwarzenegger fired back later that day, tweeting that Trump “should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker.”
Ratings for NBC's "Apprentice" this season have lagged far behind previous years, finishing last in its time slot among the four major broadcast networks.