On his media appearance for BBC’s Newsnight, famed Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro lashes out at “lunatic” President Donald Trump for his alleged failed coronavirus response.

During his live stream interview, the show’s host Emily Maitlis asked the actor about his opinions on Trump officials who refused to speak out. The host added if De Niro thinks that it would do the country good if they would remain quiet, rather than “putting their necks on the line.”

The actor responded with a resounding “no.” De Niro explained that he understood the “logic” behind such decisions and described the situation as “Shakespearean.” De Niro continued, “You’ve got a lunatic saying things that people are trying to dance around.”

He also referred to the Trump briefings as “hearings,” which, according to the actor, was meant to spread fear by presenting grim projections. He even lamented that director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the Coronavirus task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci was just doing what Trump wanted him to do, and called the entire situation as “appalling.”

De Niro believed that Trump only wanted one thing, and that is to win his re-election, no matter the cost. “He doesn’t even care about how many people die,” the actor declared. Maitlis then remarked that despite Trump’s failures, GOP supporters would still vote for him, and will continue to remain blindsided by his failures. In fact, the show’s host added that Trump supporters would rather attack De Niro for claiming that Trump does not care about the welfare of the American people.

De Niro agreed, repeating his earlier accusations that Trump does not care about the public. Rather, the actor believed that the President only pretended to care about the people, when in reality, he could “care less about them.”


Just last month, the actor also expressed his criticisms against the Trump administration. De Niro “wished” that the government had responded earlier, believing that the swift government response could have prevented the outbreak. When he was asked to compare his opinions on the 9/11 terrorist attack and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, De Niro complained that it felt the same, only this time, the outbreak escalated at a much faster pace. He also expressed his admiration for New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo. In his appearance for the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, De Niro gushed that he wanted to play as the Democratic governor in a pandemic movie.

Recently, De Niro joined other high profile celebrities such as Madonna, and Cate Blanchett to sign an open letter urging politicians to refuse to go back to normal after the coronavirus outbreak, and instead use the opportunity to avoid an “ecological disaster.”

The editorial which was published on Le Monde was entitled ‘No To A Return To Normal’ was written by Academy Award-winning French actress Juliette Binoche and astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau, stating that the recent coronavirus outbreak demanded that politicians should overhaul their “goals, values, and economies.”