Robert De Niro appeared on Friday’s “The View”, and said that Donald Trump’s presidency “doesn’t look good.”
Co-host Joy Behar brought up the actor’s criticism of Donald Trump, including De Niro’s comment on wanting to punch Trump in the face. De Niro explained that he was reacting to the then-candidate himself saying that about someone else.
De Niro said:
“How dare he say that? How dare he say the things he does? Of course I want to punch him in the face. It was only a symbolic thing, anyway. It’s not like I was going to find him… but he’s got to hear it, how he makes people feel.”
Behar agreed that an appropriate response to “bullies” like Trump is “bully them back.” De Niro was also asked about recently getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, and he shared, “I was honored to be honored. I went to the final party at the White House. Obama to me was a great president.”
De Niro continued:
“He tried to do what was right. When you have people going in there just to win — it’s not about winning. It’s about the people. Now’s the time to see what he’s going to do, but it doesn’t look good.”
Whoopi Goldberg then reiterated her belief that Steve Bannon is really controlling the presidency, and went on to tell De Niro, “You’re really a great American.”