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10 May 2017, 04:21 | Cassandra Thompson
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De Niro, 73, went on to say that the US President is hampering the arts and making "mean-spirited" cuts to arts programmes "for their own divisive political purposes".
He joked that he did not need to make movies for the rich liberal elite as, 'I've got my restaurants for that'.
The 73-year-old was accepting the Film Society of Lincoln Centre's Chaplin Award on Monday when he again took aim at the USA president. "This is what they now call an 'alternative fact, ' but I call it bullshit".
De Niro said on stage that the administration's mean-spiritedness towards art and entertainment is an expression of their attitude and added that people also want and deserve decent wages, a fair tax system, a safe environment, education for their children and a solid healthcare.
De Niro went on to say that everyone in the film industry owed it to the memory of Charlie Chaplin, an immigrant, to ensure that the "next Chaplin" is not kept away because of harsh immigration policies.
De Niro's "Meet the Parents" costar Ben Stiller even reminded that the Oscar-winner actor was the first he called when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.
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De Niro has always been an outspoken critic of Trump.
Chaplin, who hailed from London and moved to Los Angeles in 1913, was later exiled from the United States for supposedly supporting communism during the witch-hunts of the McCarthy era.
"By being here tonight, you are supporting arts for everyone, ' he said onstage, reported Deadline". I like Johnny Boy from 'Mean Streets.' I was a big fan early on. A mutt who doesn't know what he's talking about, ' De Niro said at the time.
Those at the event to praise De Niro were a who's who of liberal Hollywood, including Sean Penn, Harvey Keitel, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas and Barry Levinson, and director Martin Scorsese, who has directed De Niro in eight films.
He told Behar that his comments were "only a symbolic thing", adding that "it wasn't like I was going to go find him and punch him in the face".