Robert De Niro Drops F-Bombs During CNN Broadcast in Response to Fox News and 'Gangster' Trump

Actor Robert De Niro lashed out against President Donald Trump as a "gangster" and responded to criticism from Fox News figures by dropping F-bombs during a broadcast news interview.

The Hollywood film icon and star of Martin Scorsese's upcoming movie The Irishman appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday morning where he railed against Trump and his defenders at Fox News. De Niro, who has repeatedly blasted the president as a real-life criminal, was blunt in his response to CNN host Brian Stelter's suggestion that Fox News figures enjoy attacking De Niro for his criticism of Trump.

The longtime actor applauded Democrats for following through on calls to impeach the president, saying it "has to happen." De Niro said he believes Trump has simply gone "crazy."

"This guy should not be president, period," De Niro told CNN's Stelter Sunday morning.

"And when you say that, folks on Fox come after you," Stelter replied.

"F**k 'em," De Niro said, brushing the criticism aside. "F**k 'em."

"You know, this is cable..." Stelter said as he nervously glanced up from the desk.

"Sorry, sorry," De Niro added.

"It's not an FCC violation, but it is still a Sunday morning," Stelter noted.

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"Let me say something," DeNiro continued. "We are at a moment in this country where this guy [Trump] is like a gangster. He's come along and he's said things, done things, we say over and over again, 'This is terrible. We're in a terrible situation. We're in a terrible situation."

"And this guy just keeps going on and on and on without being stopped," said the actor, whose movie career has spanned more than 50 years.

De Niro's criticism of Trump on CNN is hardly his first foray into publicly insulting the president. In June 2018, he received a standing ovation from Radio City Music Hall attendees of the Tony Awards for his similarly succinct and profane rebuke. "This guy has proven himself to be a total loser," De Niro said of Trump at the time.

"I'm going to say one thing, 'F**k Trump," the actor said, flexing his muscles on the stage for nearly a minute.

De Niro dismissed Stelter's suggestion earlier in the segment Sunday that Trump would somehow resign from his position in the White House as a Connecticut newspaper group proposed this past week. He noted, "I don't think he's capable of resigning."

De Niro went on to say he doesn't think Trump will willingly leave the White House even after the 2020 election, particularly if he only loses "marginally." He cited HBO host Bill Maher's quip that Trump will need to be dragged out of the Oval Office at the end of his term or if he should lose in 2020.

Trump has called De Niro a "very low IQ individual" and he mocked him for pretending to punch him during the Tony Awards speech. In April, De Niro called Trump a "wannabe gangster in the White House."

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Robert De Niro accepts his American Icon award, May 19, 2019 Kevin Winter/Getty Images