Arnold Schwarzenegger backed off comments that he wants to “smash” President Donald Trump’s “face into the table,” calling it “fake news.”
The former governor of California told Variety magazine that his words from an interview with Men’s Journal, in response to Trump’s criticism about the decline of the ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice” with the actor as the host, were meant in a “joking way.”
“Writers want to create sensationalistic things and blow things up,” Schwarzenegger responded. “One has to be very careful because I always try to say things in a classy way, and not to give the impression that I want to be physical and do this to the president. I have too much respect for the presidency.”
“I want to make sure that what I do represents the things I am,” he added.