Article Nov 18, 2016

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Robert De Niro: 'I can't punch Donald Trump now he's president'

Robert De Niro has ruled out punching Donald Trump in the face now that he's the U.S. President-elect.

The Raging Bull actor released a controversial video last month (Oct16) in which he said he would like to punch the Republican, calling Trump "an idiot, a national disaster, an embarrassment to this country... this fool, this bozo".

But following Trump’s election victory on Tuesday (08Nov16), De Niro conceded during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he would no longer be tempted to attack the billionaire property tycoon.

"Are you still going to punch Donald Trump in the face?" host Kimmel asked De Niro on Wednesday (09Nov16). "Because you could now get arrested for that, I think."

"I can’t do that now he’s president," the actor replied. "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 would not be drawn on whether Trump would be banned from the restaurants he owns, which include Nobu in London and Locanda Verde in New York.

Though the 73-year-old also joked that he might have to take advantage of his Italian citizenship now that Trump is set to move into the White House.

"I’ll probably have to move (to Italy)," he laughed.

De Niro had filmed the video piece for Anonymous Content in October (16), where he described Trump as an "embarrassment" and implored citizens to boycott him in favor of defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The video sparked an argument with longtime Republican supporter Jon Voight, whom De Niro described as "delusional" over his support for Trump.