Donald Trump Would Work on 'Celebrity Apprentice' in 'Spare Time,' Adviser Says

Trump is set to stay on as executive producer of the show.

ByABC News
December 9, 2016, 12:04 PM

— -- Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway defended the president-elect's decision to stay on as an executive producer of "Celebrity Apprentice" when he assumes office, saying presidents have the right to do things in their "spare time."

"He's a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he's doing and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts to tell him what he is allowed to do and not do as president of the United States. If this is one of the approved activities, then perhaps he’ll consider staying on," Conway said this morning on CNN.

“Were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course by the current president? I mean presidents have a right to do things in their spare time or their leisure time. I mean nobody objects to that," she said.

During the interview, CNN's Alisyn Camerota pointed out that Conway has objected to Obama playing golf and asked if Trump would continue his golfing hobby over the next four years.

“Maybe he will be. It certainly seems like there is a lot of time to do it based on recent precedent while you’re president of the United States," she said. “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, "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 is followed very closely behind with work. If the lawyers and the protocol officers say that he can do that, then he probably is going to say why not?"

Conway did not know if Trump would profit from show royalties or draw a salary as executive producer, but suggested he could decide to give the money to charity or refuse it.

“There are many options. He could do what he's going to do with his White House salary with the 'Celebrity Apprentice,' which is donate it to charity or refuse, decline to take it,” she said. “Again, all of that will be decided.”

It was reported Thursday night that Trump is set to remain an executive producer of “Celebrity Apprentice,” according to a representative for MGM. MGM holds a majority stake in Mark Burnett Productions, which owns "The Apprentice."

When asked about Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" role, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told ABC News, "Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett. Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared Dec. 15."

ABC News' Candace Smith and Lesley Messer contributed to this report.

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