By LOUIS NELSON
Just as President Barack Obama has enjoyed regular rounds of golf during his eight years in office, Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning that the president-elect should be allowed to pursue his own hobby — “work” — by remaining an executive producer on his reality TV show while in the White House.
MGM Television confirmed to Variety Thursday that Trump will retain his executive producer credit for “Celebrity Apprentice” the business-themed reality show that starred Trump, a spin-off of his first show, “The Apprentice.” The two programs made Trump and his “you’re fired” catch phrase into even more of a household name, exponentially growing his fame by broadcasting him into millions of homes across the country. The show is scheduled to return next month, after a two-year hiatus, hosted by movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Conway did not outright confirm that Trump would remain an executive producer on the show during a Friday morning interview with CNN’s “New Day,” saying only that “perhaps he’ll consider staying on” if lawyers and protocol officers approve it. But she said Trump would be within his rights to do so, just as Obama enjoyed his own golf habit as president.
“Were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president?” Said Conway, who like her boss, regularly criticized the president for the amount of golf he played. “I mean, presidents have a right to do things in their spare time or their leisure time. I mean, nobody objects to that.”
Asked if Trump, who counts multiple golf courses in both the U.S. and Europe among his considerable real estate holdings, planned to hit the links as president, Conway said “maybe he will be. It certainly seems like there is a lot of time to do it, based on recent precedent.”
“The point is the same, whether it’s president Obama or president Donald Trump, the idea that these men are going to be all work and nothing else all the time is just unrealistic because it’s never happened in our lifetimes,” she continued. “You know, I know Donald Trump very well. And I can tell you that work is his work and work is his hobby. His preferred time is with his family but it’s followed very closely behind with work.”