President Trump is making an appearance for the second year in a row at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. And for the second year in a row, he’s using it to tout the success of “The Apprentice.”
Trump referenced his hit NBC reality series in an early morning tweet in which he noted he planned to head over shortly to the event.
“Great religious and political leaders, and many friends, including T.V. producer Mark Burnett of our wonderful 14 season Apprentice triumph, will be there,” Trump wrote. “Looking forward to seeing all!”
During remarks last year, Trump opened with a prayer for the television ratings of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had been tapped to succeed him as host of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“They hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place,” Trump told the crowd. “And we know how that turned out. The ratings went down the tubes. … I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings.”
Trump was introduced at the event by Burnett, who helped Trump create the show. In doing so, Burnett recounted how he pitched the idea to Trump and his agent.
Later in Trump’s remarks last year, he vowed to “totally destroy”a law passed more than 60 years ago that bans tax-exempt churches from supporting political candidates — a nod to the religious right that helped sweep him into office.
Several months later, Trump signed an executive order easing enforcement of the so-called Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt nonprofits — including churches and other places of worship — from “directly or indirectly” participating in a political candidate’s campaign.
A broader repeal was included in earlier versions of the Republican tax bill last year, but did not make it into the final version that Trump signed.