Actor Robert De Niro on Monday called President Trump “a New Yorker who I never would want to meet,” .
De Niro said he has “seen a lot in my lifetime” but the Trump presidency is “one of the worst that I have seen.”
The “Silver Linings Playbook” actor has played special counsel Robert Mueller on “Saturday Night Live” multiple times, warning in a recent sketch that his Russia investigation is encroaching on Trump and his family members.
“I know what kind of person this guy is,” De Niro said on CNN. “He’s a New Yorker who I never would want to meet, never want to meet him, and now he’s president.”
He added that he believes the U.S. will eventually “get past” Trump.
“We’ll be five years from now saying, remember all that stuff, how terrible it was?” De Niro said. “At least I lived to see the time when this will all pass, like any nightmare.”
The Academy Award-winning actor was one of multiple high-profile Democrats and Trump critics who was targeted with mailed pipe bombs in October.
Cesar Sayoc Jr., the man charged with mailing the homemade explosives, pleaded not guilty to all 30 charges against him in New York last month.
De Niro in a statement after the incident urged people to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
“There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People must vote!” he said.