Donald ‘The Ratings Machine’ Trump Dukes It Out With Schwarzenegger Over TV Ratings

news
Photo composite by Matt Battaglia

While Donald Trump prepares to become the next president of the United States, he also appears to be keeping a close eye on the reality TV show that made him a global superstar. The show, “The Apprentice,” was recently rebooted as “The New Celebrity Apprentice” with actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as its host. And apparently the president-elect, who is still one of the show’s executive producers, is not happy with what he sees.


On Friday morning, several hours before Trump was set to be briefed by the nation’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials about the Russian hacking of American political institutions, he took to Twitter to slam Schwarzenegger for what he deemed a lackluster performance on the season premiere of the reality TV show, which pits a group of celebrity contestants against each other in a dog-eat-dog competition to determine who is the best at doing business.   

While Trump, who starred as the show’s host for its first 14 seasons, might not be the ratings machine — that distinction goes to Super Bowl XLIX, which currently stands as the most-watched TV event in American history — he’s certainly a man who knows how to draw a big television audience. His first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton was the most watched U.S. presidential debate ever.

Trump’s criticisms are not unfounded. According to Variety, “The New Celebrity Apprentice” debuted with 4.93 million viewers. That’s a 43% decrease from the numbers Trump pulled on his last premiere as host in 2015. (Sad!)

Schwarzenegger, who played a machine — a killing machine — in “The Terminator” series before serving two terms as governor of California for the Republican party, made it clear during the election that he did not support Trump’s bid for the presidency. In his response to Trump’s scathing Twitter remarks, the so-called Governator attempted to shift the attention away from his shortcomings as the host of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” to Trump’s responsibilities as president-to-be.

Trump’s four-year term as president of the United States will commence on January 20.

U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch

This article originally appeared on Military.com.

Inside Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul, Afghanistan stands a wall painted with a mural of an airman kneeling before a battlefield cross. Beneath it, a black gravestone bookended with flowers and dangling dog tags displays the names of eight U.S. airmen and an American contractor killed in a horrific insider attack at Kabul International Airport in 2011.

It's one of a number of such memorials ranging from plaques, murals and concrete T-walls scattered across Afghanistan. For the last eight years, those tributes have been proof to the families of the fallen that their loved ones have not been forgotten. But with a final U.S. pullout from Afghanistan possibly imminent, those families fear the combat-zone memorials may be lost for good.

Read More Show Less
DOD photo

After a string of high profile incidents, the commander overseeing the Navy SEALs released an all hands memo stating that the elite Naval Special Warfare community has a discipline problem, and pinned the blame on those who place loyalty to their teammates over the Navy and the nation they serve.

Read More Show Less
Ed Mahoney/Kickstarter

In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.

The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.

A small group of veterans hopes to change that.

Read More Show Less
F-16 Fighting Falcon (Photo: US Air Force)

For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.

The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.

Read More Show Less