Arnold Schwarzenegger walks out of interview over Trump questions
Arnold Schwarzenegger walked out of an interview after being asked for his views on Donald Trump.
The muscleman actor and former politician shut down an Australian interviewer who asked for his views on the 2016 Republican candidate.
Arnold, 68, is currently touring Australia to promote his career as a fitness guru with a series of events, including the Arnold World Strongman Championships. He has publicly endorsed Trump rival and Republican candidate John Kasich.
“This is an interview that I only do about fitness and health, not about politics or my relationships,” said the star, before leaving the set of show Weekly Sunrise.
Arnold’s Australian representatives denied he stormed out of the interview: “The journalist – Angela Cox – was allocated five minutes and we ran over time, so we cut the interview short,” clarified Schwarzenegger’s publicist.
“I think she’s just trying to make a name for herself. She’s new on the show. Her line of questioning was inappropriate,” he added.
The star has first-hand experience of moving from an everyday profession into the political arena, after becoming the Governor of California for two terms from 2003 to 2011, a move Trump is trying to emulate as he enters from the world of business into the presidential race. But Arnie is rooting for his rival.
“We need John Kasich to now take charge and be in the White House,” the star told a crowd gathered for a rally in Columbus, Ohio, this month, adding that Kasich was “an action hero” who “kicked some serious butt.”
Schwarzenegger is scheduled to replace Trump by taking the helm of season eight of NBC TV show Celebrity Apprentice while the businessman is busy during the presidential race.
This year’s forthcoming Celebrity Apprentice will be set in Los Angeles and stars new celebrity advisers Tyra Banks and Jessica Alba, with contestants including Boy George and Real Housewife Porsha Williams.