Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

President Trump fires back at Robert De Niro after Tony Awards rant

Adrian Cunningham | 13 June, 2018, 02:25

Without any preamble, he said, "I'm gonna say one thing".

Mr Trump tweeted: "Robert De Niro, a very low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies".

The president is readying to depart his summit with Kim in Singapore Tuesday evening, Eastern Standard Time. He delivered his response on his Twitter account while on his way back to the United States.

Rather than dwell on the momentous occasion as North Korea and the USA finally sat down and pursued a diplomatic means to avert the possibility of World War III, President Trump has taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule to have a pop at an actor that appeared in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. 'It's no longer down with Trump.

A day later, De Niro apologized - not to Trump but on America's behalf to Justin Trudeau, whom Trump insulted as "very dishonest & weak" after the Canadian prime minister threw shade on the president's trade policies.

FILE - This 1980 undated handout file photo shows Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta in a boxing scene from Martin Scorsese's film "Raging Bull".

In fairness De Niro was pretty aggressive on the Tony stage, taking time away from the biggest awards show for Broadway with his curt, but pointed attack at the president.

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The audience went wild, offering a standing ovation.

Actor Robert De Niro drops F-bombs at President Trump during the Tony awards.

De Niro's first prominent act of speaking out against Trump arrived in a PSA video preceding the presidential election in October 2016, when the actor called Trump a "dog", a "mutt", a "con", and an "idiot", and said of then-candidate Trump, "I'd like to punch him in the face".

De Niro continued the streak for a third month in a row when he said in a speech in LA: 'A college education is important, but education without humanity is ignorance.

I doubt De Niro is going to lose much sleep over this, though, and, just for fun, here's his hit on Trump.

The actor has always been a vocal critic of the president.