Donald Trump fires back at Robert De Niro after actor’s dig at president

Donald Trump has fired back at Robert De Niro after the Oscar-winning actor took aim at the US president at the Tony Awards over the weekend.

Writing on Twitter on Tuesday evening, Trump referred to De Niro as a "very low IQ individual".

He went on: "… has received to many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk’ (sic).

"I guess he doesn’t realise the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!"

De Niro, one of the most respected American actors, twice used the so-called F-Bomb against Trump on Sunday, prompting loud applause from the audience of theatre actors, directors and producers at Radio City Music Hall.

The Raging Bull actor’s remarks were bleeped for more than 6 million Americans watching the awards show on CBS at home.

De Niro took the stage to introduce rocker and Tony Awards performer Bruce Springsteen. Without any preamble, he said, "I’m gonna say one thing. F**k Trump."

With the audience of theatre actors, directors and producers shrieking and rising to their feet in applause, De Niro said: "It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f**k Trump."

He did not elaborate on his comment.

Trump was on his way to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the Broadway awards show was taking place.

De Niro won an Oscar for playing American boxer Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull.

He returned to the ring in Grudge Match in 2013 and played a boxing trainer in 2016 movie Hands of Stone.

De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller show business events in the past year, but none of them had the profile enjoyed by the Tony Awards.

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