Now, that the man who Hollywood actor-producer Robert De Niro called a ‘national disaster’, US Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, pulled off a controversial upset over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president elect, De Niro has gone back on his words to declare that he cannot punch him in the face.
In a talk show, the actor said to Jimmy Kimmel, “I can’t punch him now that he’s the President.” De Niro also said that he has to respect Trump’s position and see what he does as the President. “And I have to respect that position … I just have to see what he’s going to do and how he’s going to follow through on certain things.”
Watch | Robert De Niro slams Donald Trump, says he’d like to punch him in the face
De Niro had launched a scathing attack on Trump in a video that surfaced two weeks ago. Calling Trump as ‘blatantly stupid’, ‘a punk’, ‘a pig’, ”a dog’, ‘an idiot’ and ‘a mutt’, the veteran actor said that he would like to punch him in the face.
On the talk show, the actor also joked that maybe former US President Barack Obama might do the ‘punching’ for him. Referring to Obama’s statements that we all are part of the ‘same team’, Kimmel remarked, “But occasionally teammates do punch each other in the face,” to which the De Niro replied, “Maybe he [Obama] will when he sees him.”
The Goodfellas actor also confessed that he is “not feeling good” about the billionaire winning the elections. “As we can see now in a lot of cities, a lot of people are getting very upset and protesting.” The talk show host asked De Niro if he would allow Trump to eat in his restaurant but the actor refused to comment on the subject. Talking about him having Italian citizenship, he said jokingly, “I might have to move there.”
De Niro has been actively vocal against Trump in recent days and also refused to share the spotlight with Arnold Schwarzenegger at a VIP cocktail function at Los Angeles last week for the same reason. “If you’re supporting Trump, I want nothing to do with you,” he said in an interview.