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Robert De Niro: Trump doesn’t care how many people die from COVID-19

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US actor and filmmaker Robert De Niro poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2, 2020.

Famous American actor and Oscar winner Robert De Niro says he believes that US President Donald Trump does not care how many people die from the coronavirus.

“It’s like Shakespearean, the whole thing. You’ve got a lunatic saying things that people are trying to dance around,” De Niro said during a video interview with state-funded BBC on Wednesday.

“It’s appalling. He wants to be reelected, he doesn’t even care how many people die,” he noted.

The Hollywood star further reiterated that the coronavirus pandemic would not have been as bad as it is, if Trump had implemented measures such as the Defense Production Act.

“I just never thought I would see anything like this in my lifetime,” De Niro said. “I’ve taken many things for granted and I see when something like this happens that we all have to take it very seriously — to say the least — and we have to stop it. And that’s what I’m hoping in November, the election, we can come back to some sanity here.”

De Niro has a long history of anti-Trump outbursts and expletives. A few months before the presidential election in 2016, he famously described the then presidential candidate and his campaign as “really totally crazy, ridiculous."

Later, when Trump entered the White House, De Niro announced during an interview that he was trying to be optimistic.

But, he lost his temper again very soon and went on to compare the Republican president with the German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Trump has been under unprecedented pressure over the past weeks because of downplaying the threat of the covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, that has killed 83,449 people so far in the US, the highest death toll of any country.



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