George Clooney is risking being the next target of Donald Trump’s itchy Twitter fingers by speaking out against the U.S. president-elect’s social media criticism of Meryl Streep.
The actor expressed his support of Streep after she delivered an impassioned speech about her fears that a Trump presidency could be detrimental to Hollywood and the arts, as well as foreigners and the press. Trump fired back calling her an “overrated” actor.
“Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?” Clooney rhetorically responded Monday night at a reception for Netflix documentary The White Helmets in London, reported The Guardian.
“At this moment in our lives we have to hope that he doesn’t destroy everything,” the actor said. “The reality is you have to hope he will do a decent job because if the United States fails, really terrible things happen, so you have to hope that he can.”
But, he added, “I don’t see any signs of it.”
Clooney is working on producing a fictional movie based on The White Helmets, which follows the volunteers who offer aid to civilians in war-torn Syria.
The actor and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, have witnessed firsthand how relief work can benefit the affected population. Last year, the couple met with Syrian refugees resettled safely in Germany to mark the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. The meeting was arranged by the International Rescue Committee to support efforts to rehouse refugees in other countries.
Clooney said that Trump’s divisive foreign policies—such as building a wall along the Mexican border—during the election process had created heightened mistrust of foreigners and “suddenly people are conflating immigrants and refugees with terrorists,” Deadline reported. “Don’t call them ‘refugees’—call them ‘victims of war.’ They didn’t stop being dentists and doctors and lawyers just so they could come to America.”