Arnold Schwarzenegger tried urging Donald Trump to join him in his campaign for a better environment by appealing to the president’s affinity for “winning.”
Speaking Tuesday morning at the R20 Austrian World Summit, an offshoot of Schwarzenegger’s international non-profit, the former California governor urged Trump to take more action on climate change and ditch fossil fuels, saying such an effort would result in lots of victories.
“Those of you who resist because you can’t imagine success without fossil fuels: we ask you to join us. Everyone. Also you, President Trump: Join us,” Schwarzenegger stated. “You said … you want to have so many victories that the American people will get sick and tired of winning. Well, if that’s really what you want then join us because then you will have a lot of victories.”
The R20 Austrian World Summit is a part of R20 Regions of Climate Action, an environmental organization founded by the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician. The group aims to increase the use of renewable energy sources and reduce carbon emissions around the world.
Since leaving the California governor’s mansion in 2011, the moderate Republican has become an activist against the fossil fuel industry, where his advocacy has sometimes collided with the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda. He was extremely critical of the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Schwarzenegger revealed in a recent interview that he planned to sue oil companies for “first-degree murder” because, according to him, they knowingly kill people.
“I don’t think there’s any difference: If you walk into a room and you know you’re going to kill someone, it’s first-degree murder; I think it’s the same thing with the oil companies,” Schwarzenegger said in a March interview with Politico.
Aside from his environmental campaigning, Schwarzenegger is still relatively active in Hollywood. He was chosen as Trump’s replacement for The Celebrity Apprentice in 2015.
However, he left the show in March 2017 after failing to draw more viewers. President Trump had publicly made fun of Schwarzenegger for his low ratings. Speaking at the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast, the president asked the crowd to “pray for Arnold.”
President Trump cracks joke at National Prayer Breakfast: Let’s pray for @Schwarzenegger‘s ‘Apprentice’ ratings https://t.co/UYpqI3w42L pic.twitter.com/73fLPClpnz
— CNN (@CNN) February 2, 2017
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