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'Still here': Arnold Schwarzenegger rebukes Trump over bizarre death claim

Trump reportedly said yesterday that he’d seen the former governor of California die.

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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER HAS hit back at US President Donald Trump who made a bizarre claim yesterday that the movie star had died.

According to US reporter Hunter Walker, Trump said at a ‘Social Media Summit’ at the White House that he’d seen the former governor of California die.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger … You know what? He died … I was there,” Trump reportedly said. 

It’s believed Trump was referring to Schwarzenegger’s turn as host of The Celebrity Apprentice TV show and its viewing ratings under his watch. 

Schwarzenegger – who served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011 – tweeted today in response that he was “still here” and asked Trump if he wanted “to compare tax returns”. 

He then sent a follow-up tweet directed at Trump:

Schwarzenegger and Trump have feuded repeatdely in recent years. The Terminator star has become a vocal critic of Trump’s since 2016. 

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After Trump left The Apprentice, he declared himself unimpressed with Schwarzenegger’s hosting. 

In a pair of early morning tweets in January 2017, he ripped into the actor, mocking the viewer figures for the season premiere this week – and calling himself a “ratings machine” by comparison.

“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for being a movie star – and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary,” he tweeted.

Schwarzenegger was among the Republican figures who refused to back Trump’s inflammatory bid for the presidency – although he stopped short of endorsing the Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine.

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