Although it is unclear when the 2 celebrities first formally met, Politico reported that Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger have recognized one another a minimum of because the 2004 Republican Nationwide Conference when the “Terminator” star initially entered the political scene. Per Trump’s request, Schwarzenegger moved his RNC lodging from the Mandarin Oriental Lodge to the close by Trump Lodge. In accordance with an unnamed Schwarzenegger aide, when the governor’s then-wife, Maria Shriver, requested, “Why are we on this dump?” she was inspired to ask Schwarzenegger.
The aide additionally instructed Politico that in an RNC occasion that week, “Trump is available in, and Arnold simply breaks his balls and begins ripping him for his hair. Donald simply appears to be like at him, and Arnold says, ‘Inform me the reality. When it was soaking wet within the bathe this morning, it fell all the way in which to the ground?'” Schwarzenegger’s pleasant razzing of the previous president, the lofty political donations, and suspiciously timed TV appearances paint an image of a cushty bond between two larger-than-life personalities.
This connection appeared additional solidified when Schwarzenegger was named Trump’s alternative on “Movie star Apprentice” in 2015 forward of Trump’s first presidential marketing campaign. Nonetheless, Schwarzenegger’s short-lived tenure on “Movie star Apprentice” — and Trump’s election to the presidency — proved to be a turning level within the pair’s relationship.