A day after saying that President Donald Trump’s immigration ban makes America look “stupid,” Arnold Schwarzenegger was photographed wearing a red, white, and blue T-shirt while riding his bike.
The actor and former governor of California, who currently hosts Trump’s former reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” criticized the president’s controversial executive order to ban immigration from a list of seven Muslim-majority countries, Extra reports.
Austrian-born Schwarzenegger, 69, spoke out against the executive order in an interview, saying that the “Muslim ban,” as the order has become known, was “vetted badly.”
“If they would run this by the Justice Department and Homeland Security and had the lawyers really study and focus on it and give it some time to do it the right way… I know what he’s trying to accomplish – his fear about people coming in from other places, causing harm to the country,” said the actor and former politician. “There is another way to going about it to do it the right way and accomplish all of the goals. I think they were hasty with it.”
Schwarzenegger, went on to say that he disagreed with the ban because of his own experiences as an immigrant.
“To go and ban people who have a green card, that means that the United States of America has given you permission to work here permanently and you are on the way to permanent citizenship,” Schwarzenegger said. “I was in that position… It’s crazy, it’s crazy and makes us look stupid when the White House is ill-prepared to put this kind of executive order out there.”
Schwarzenegger compared Trump’s first week as president to his own experience running the California government. “You go in there new, you have a new team and mistakes are made; I hope this is a wake-up call for them.”
He added that policies that “stick the longest are the ones when both parties work together.”
Schwarzenegger also said that he had no interest in running for office after his time as Governor. “I wasn’t born to be a politician,” said the actor, who added that running for president would be “out of the question because I was not born in the United States.”
A day after the comments about Trump’s executive order, Schwarzenegger was seen riding his bike in Venice, California, wearing a red, white, and blue T-shirt that read, “Never Look Back,” according to TMZ.
Sources: TMZ, Extra / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, AKM-GSI via TMZ