- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sugar Ray frontman and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Mark McGrath said President-elect Donald Trump has been nothing short of a gentleman in his presence and that Americans should “hope for the best” under his leadership.

“You know, it’s funny. The rhetoric I saw him using during the campaign is not the Trump I knew, you know? He was always a gentleman; he was always kind,” he told The Hill.

Mr. McGrath was the sixth celebrity to be booted off in the fourth season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Mr. Trump’s former NBC reality show.

“I spent eight hours in a room with Gary Busey and President-elect Donald Trump,” he said with a laugh. “So I think the weirdest thing in the world is that he’s president right now.”

Mr. McGrath said he “never saw any violations of any sort” while he was on the show, despite reports from crew members that Mr. Trump routinely made lewd and sexist remarks on set, The Hill reported.

“He was a nice guy,” Mr. McGrath said. “You know, I got fired and he took the time the next day to sit me down in his office for a half-hour and say, ‘Mark, anything you need — you’re a great player.’

“My experience with Trump has always been positive, so, you know, he’s president and let’s hope for the best,” he added.

Mr. McGrath was in Washington on Wednesday to accept the Intellectual Property Champion Award for Excellence in Creativity at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, The Hill reported.

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