If you ever forget that the president of the United States was once a reality TV star, don’t worry â€” he’ll definitely remind you.
While speaking about his apprenticeship initiative from his New Jersey golf clubÂ on Friday, President Trump made a reference to the days when he was better known for telling contestants,Â not White House officials, that they were fired.
“We’re expanding pathways to success, so important, and apprenticeships are one of the many avenues that we need to reach out that are completely debt free,” the president said, per pool reports. “And who knows more about the word ‘apprentice’ than Donald Trump?”
Under an apprenticeship, Trump continued, “you earn while you learn, so important, and so great, and you love getting up in the morning and going to work, and a lot of great things involved here.”
Trump, of course, hosted the TV showÂ The Apprentice, from 2004 to 2015, from which hisÂ trademark phrase “You’re fired!” was born. He left after announcing his presidential bid.
In June, the president signed an executive order to expand apprenticeships in order to fill the nation’s unmet labor needs. Friday’s event on workforce development wasn’tÂ the first time since he’s made passing reference to his old job since signing the order.
“It’s a very good word, from the Trump standpoint,” he said during a praise-filled Cabinet meeting in June.Â â€œApprenticeships are going to be a big, big factor in our country.â€