Robert De Niro labels Donald Trump a 'nightmare'

Robert De Niro has reignited his feud with Donald Trump, labelling the US president a "nightmare".

The revered actor, 75, appeared on long-running US comedy show Saturday Night Live last week, playing special counsel Robert Mueller in a sketch alongside Alec Baldwin as Mr Trump.

Mr Mueller is in charge of the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The president has dismissed the probe as a "witch hunt".

De Niro, star of films including The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Meet The Parents, and Casino, appeared on CNN on Monday to discuss his animosity towards the president.

"I never thought in my lifetime, and I have seen a lot in my lifetime, I never thought - I was working out with my trainer the other day, we have seen horrible things over the years, but this is one of the worst I have ever seen and ever thought I would see, but it's real," he said.


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During the Tony Awards in June, De Niro took to the stage and said, "f... Trump". The president responded by saying the Raging Bull star was "punch drunk and "a very Low IQ individual".

On CNN on Monday, De Niro was asked why he was so vocal about the president.

He replied: "I know what kind of person this guy is, he is a New Yorker who I never would want to meet, and now he's president. And the reason I wouldn't want to meet him is because of the kind of person he is."

"As we all know now, there's nothing new. It's disgraceful but we'll get past it. It will be like a nightmare that you remember."

In October, De Niro was one of the high-profile opponents of the president who had suspicious packages addressed to them. Police were called to De Niro's Tribeca Productions in Manhattan.

The discovery came after a series of glass-filled pipe bombs targeting Hillary Clinton, former president Barack Obama, other prominent Democrats and CNN were thwarted without injury.

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Robert De Niro says he can't punch Donald trump since he's US President now

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, who had said that he wanted to punch President-elect Donald Trump in the face, has now said that he can't do so since Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the United States.

"I can't do that now he's 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. And as we even see now in a lot of cities, there's a lot of people getting very upset and protesting," De Niro said on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! show when the host asked if the actor would still punch Trump in the face.

"Are you still going to punch Donald Trump in the face because you could now get arrested for that, I think?" Kimmel had asked the actor.

De Niro, who appeared on the show on Wednesday night to talk about Trump's surprise victory, had earlier released a video in which he called the new president-elect "an idiot, a national disaster, an embarrassment to this country ... this fool, this bozo."

The video, released in October, also led to an argument with Republican supporter Jon Voight who was called "delusional" by De Niro for supporting Trump.

Kimmel asked De Niro whether the effect of the protests was opposite of what was expected or desired: "I'm sure President Obama is speaking from his own personal experience when he didn't get a lot of support and he's saying, 'Hey, we have to ... you know, we're all on the same team.' But occasionally teammates do punch each other in the face."

De Niro replied saying: "Maybe he [Obama] will when he sees him."

The actor also joked that he might have to use his Italian citizenship: "I'll probably have to move there."

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