Robert De Niro Tells Canadians That He’s Sorry For Trump’s Behavior: “It’s Disgusting”
Just a day after Robert De Niro ruffled conservative feathers nationwide by lambasting the president at the Tony Awards, the veteran film actor told a crowd full of Canadians in Toronto that he felt the need to apologize for Trump’s “idiotic behavior.”
De Niro is a founding partner of the upscale hotel and restaurant chain Nobu and was in Toronto to speak at a groundbreaking ceremony for the chain’s latest development in the Canadian city’s downtown area. Nobu has 39 restaurants and hotels around the world, none of which welcome Donald Trump.
The Goodfellas actor and restaurateur said he would never want to eat in the same room as Trump. “I don’t care what he likes,” De Niro has said of the president. “If he walked into a restaurant I was in, I’d walk out.”
“I just want to make a note of apology for the idiotic behavior of my president,” De Niro said to applause. “It’s a disgrace, and I apologize to Justin Trudeau, too, and the other people at the G-7. It’s disgusting.”
“Great to be here,” he added.
On Sunday, De Niro lit up the internet by curtly addressing the president at the Tony Awards before he introduced a musical act featuring Bruce Springsteen. “F*ck Trump,” De Niro announced.
The actor has shown his #resist bonafides outside of award show gigs and groundbreaking ceremonies. This past season on Saturday Night Live!, De Niro moonlighted as Special Counsel Robert Mueller in skits that play on his role as an ex-CIA officer in Meet the Parents. However, his remarks in Toronto on Monday seemed more than appropriate for an American cultural ambassador whose president had just called Canada’s leader “weak.”
After a more or less disastrous G-7 meeting last week, Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him “very dishonest.”
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
Seeing as he was meeting with public officials like Mayor John Tory of Toronto, it’s no wonder De Niro felt compelled to apologize on behalf of the president.