In a new interview with Men's Journal for its upcoming issue, Schwarzenegger touched upon his crumbled friendship with Trump, who previously criticized the famous bodybuilder on Twitter last month for bringing in lower ratings since taking over as host of The Celebrity Apprentice.
Schwarzenegger recalled how he felt after Trump declared he got "swamped" compared to "the ratings machine DJT." Trump had said, "So much for... being a movie star... But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary."
Schwarzenegger told Men's Journal he thought to himself, "Don't get into a stinking contest with a skunk."
"I said, 'Let's sit on it for an hour.' I called my assistant and said, 'I think what we really should do is request a meeting and go back to New York,'" he said, before joking: "And then we just smash his face into the table."
"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,'" the former California governor continued.
Schwarzenegger therefore replied to Trump with the following tweet at the time: "There's nothing more important than the people's work. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings."
Despite being friendly with Trump since the 1980s, Schwarzenegger fractured the relationship when he announced he did not support the businessman running for President of the United States and even urged other conservatives not to vote for him.
Trump kept the fire burning when he said at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on February 2: "[The Celebrity Apprentice] hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place, and we know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It's been a total disaster. And [Mark Burnett] will never, ever bet against Trump again, and I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings."
Schwarzenegger decided to address the slam on social media again via Instagram video.
"Hey, Donald, I have a great idea. Why don't we 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," Schwarzenegger said in the clip.