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Schwarzenegger wanted to ‘smash’ Trump’s face after ratings squabble

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It looks like the ratings feud between NBC's new "Celebrity Apprentice" host Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Donald Trump is continuing, and the "Terminator" just took it to the next level.

In an interview with Men's Journal, Schwarzenegger said he wanted to "smash" the president's face when he first saw that he had attacked him for the NBC show's ratings, which were lower than when Trump hosted the program.

"I called my assistant and said, ‘I think what we really should do is request a meeting and go back to New York,'" Schwarzenegger told the magazine. After a brief pause, he added, "And then we just smash his face into the table."

The former California governor, though, ultimately decided to take the high road. "And then I think, 'We can’t do that, either.' I think I have to be above all of that and put him on the spot," Schwarzenegger said.

As TheBlaze previously reported, this feud made national headlines last week, when Trump joked during the National Prayer Breakfast that people should "pray for Arnold" because the ratings have gone "right down the tubes" since he took over as host of "Celebrity Apprentice."

But the first comment came in early January. The president slammed the ratings of the NBC program and took a dig at Schwarzenegger, who endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) during the Republican primaries, for not supporting him in the election.

The two men have been going back and forth for nearly a month, but the argument reached a boiling point when, following Trump's jab at the National Prayer Breakfast, Schwarzenegger said he and the president should "switch jobs."

"You take over TV because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job and then people can finally sleep comfortably again," he said in a video posted to Facebook, continuing the argument.

Trump, equally unable to let it go, took to Twitter yet again on Friday to slam Schwarzenegger for doing a "really bad job" as California's Republican governor and an "even worse" job hosting the "Celebrity Apprentice."

"But at least he tries hard," the president added.

In any event, Schwarzenegger has been pleased with his responses to Trump's attacks, telling Men's Journal that he sounds better than the commander in chief.

"I sound more presidential and more diplomatic and more elder-statesman — that’s exactly the way Donald should be," he said.

Schwarzenegger also blasted Trump's controversial executive order instituting a 120-day freeze on the refugee resettlement program and a 90-day ban on entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The former two-term governor called the action "crazy" and said it "makes us look stupid."

Over the weekend, a federal judge issued a restraining order, halting the implementation of the White House's travel ban. The Trump administration has vowed to fight the judge's order.

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