Donald Trump is a “lunatic” who “doesn’t care how many people die” from coronavirus, actor Robert De Niro has mentioned.
The Hollywood star, a long-time critic of the president, instructed Newsnight it was “Shakespearean, the whole thing, you’ve got a lunatic people are trying to dance around”.
He went on: “They’re doing it in the [Senate] hearings a little more, trying to say tactfully that this is what will happen, Fauci is doing that… it’s appalling. [Trump] wants to be re-elected. He doesn’t care how many people die.”
Asked whether or not Mr Trump’s base would vote for him anyway, the actor mentioned these supporters had been “deluding themselves” by believing Mr Trump cared about them.
“He doesn’t care for those people, and the people he pretends to care about are the people he has the most disdain for,” he added.
New York, the place the two-time Oscar winner, 76, is from, has been the epicentre of the US outbreak, however in distinction to his views on Mr Trump, De Niro heaped reward on New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
He, the actor mentioned, “has done a great job… he’s done what Trump should have done but he doesn’t have a clue how to do that”.
He even mentioned he wish to play Mr Cuomo in a film concerning the pandemic.
The metropolis, he mentioned, “is kind of like a ghost town… it’s surreal… then you see other parts of the world, other great big cities of the world, are also in the same situation”.
“It’s interesting, it’s kind of like a science fiction movie but it’s real,” he mentioned.
De Niro has been a frequent critic of Mr Trump for the reason that former actuality TV star entered the Oval Office in 2017.
After the actor yelled “f*** Trump” on the Tony Awards in 2018, the president responded on Twitter.
He mentioned: “Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk’.”
Mr Trump has been broadly criticised for his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, having made it clear he’s eager to get the US economic system transferring once more by having the general public return to work as quickly as potential.
Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s high main infectious ailments professional, instructed a Senate listening to this week that dashing to reopen companies and faculties may have dire penalties.