It was billed as a great meeting of the minds… a tête-à-tête between two of the world’s most powerful men. But, in the end, Trump’s Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin turned out to be an embarrassing disaster.
The US president has been roundly criticised for siding with Putin over his own country’s intelligence services on the question of Russian election meddling.
“President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial,” Trump said at his press conference.
Even fellow Republicans and the president’s beloved Fox News have been left bewildered and upset by Trump’s fawning over the Russian leader.
And now Arnold Schwarzenegger, who replaced Trump as the host of The Apprentice, has slammed the president on Instagram.
With a rather unusual insult, which is kinda excellent, Schwarzenegger called him a “wet noodle”. Love it, Arnie.
The Terminator star and former Republican governor of California, 70, said: “President Trump, I just saw your press conference with President Putin, and it was embarrassing.
“I mean, you stood there like a little wet noodle, like a little fanboy. I mean, I was asking myself when are you going to ask him for an autograph or for a selfie or something like that.
“I mean, you literally sold out with this press conference our intelligence community, our justice system, and, worst of all, our country. You’re the president of the United States. You shouldn’t do that. What’s the matter with you?
“I mean, whatever happened to the strong words or to the strength of Ronald Reagan? I mean, he stood there at the Berlin Wall and he said, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’ What happened to all that?”
Good work, Arnie. Good work.