Arnold Schwarzenegger is slamming President Trump’s executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from the United States, calling it “hasty” and “crazy.”
Schwarzenegger, a former California governor who has taken over for Trump as host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” also took issue with the speed of the executive order in an interview with Extra on Monday.
“It’s crazy and makes us look stupid when the White House is ill-prepared to put this kind of executive order out there,” Schwarzenegger said.
Neither the Department of Justice nor Homeland Security reportedly reviewed the order before Trump signed it on Friday.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, did not vote for Trump in the 2016 election.
“I know what he’s trying to accomplish — his fear about people coming in from other places, causing harm to the country,” he said. “There is another way to going about it to do it the right way and accomplish all of the goals. I think they were hasty with it.”
Schwarzenegger himself is an immigrant from Austria. He told Extra he used a green card to work in the U.S.
“I think the real problem is that it was vetted badly. If they would run this by the Justice Department and Homeland Security and had the lawyers really study and focus on it and give it some time to do it the right way,” Schwarzenegger said.
Trump’s executive order also halts the United States’ refugee resettlement program for four months and indefinitely suspends resettlement for Syrian refugees.
The executive order has received bipartisan backlash and international criticism. Tens of thousands of people protested the order around the country over the weekend, gathering at airports and cities.