De Niro lays into Trump in Dubai

Star De Niro lands ver­bal blows on ty­coon in Dubai

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Pa­trick Ryan @ThatPad­dyRyan pa­

Os­car-win­ning ac­tor Robert De Niro launched a scathing broad­side on US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump at an event in Dubai yes­ter­day.

The star of such films as Rag­ing Bull and Good­fel­las was the spe­cial guest at a con­fer­ence on in­vest­ment and cit­i­zen­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties in An­tigua and Bar­buda.

“He’s so stupid,” said the act­ing icon when he was asked by Tariq Quereishy, CEO and Founder of MAD Talks, for his thoughts on Trump and what he would ask the Repub­li­can can­di­date, given the op­por­tu­nity.

“I don’t even know what kind of ques­tion I would ask him. There’s noth­ing to talk about.

“This guy does not have a clue about what goes in the rest of the world, no mat­ter what he says.

“This guy’s a New Yorker and as a New Yorker [my­self] that’s an em­bar­rass­ment,” he added.

“I mis­quoted Colin Pow­ell when I men­tioned he called Trump a na­tional dis­as­ter, what I meant to say is that he’s a na­tional dis­grace.

“What­ever any­one can do in other parts of the world to in­flu­ence even just through speak­ing will help.”

De Niro was mak­ing his com­ments less than 24 hours af­ter a video of him declar­ing that he would love to punch Trump in the face went vi­ral.

It wasn’t all about Trump though as De Niro spoke ef­fu­sively about An­tigua and Bar­buda to del­e­gates at the event in the Palazzo Ver­sace Ho­tel. De Niro is a spe­cial eco­nomic en­voy for the is­lands and has long­stand­ing links to the Caribbean.

“You have to re­ally want to do and care about the projects you em­bark on, and I’m [work­ing on] the one in An­tigua and Bar­buda be­cause it’s a beau­ti­ful place,” he said. “I take things step by step to get it done, and it’s just like mak­ing a movie – but even longer.” De Niro said that peo­ple are now con­nected like never be­fore. “We still have our dif­fer­ences but I think as the world gets smaller we’re be­com­ing more de­pen­dent on each other,” he said.“There’s no choice but to think global and there’s no choice but to be con­cerned with our own self-preser­va­tion as peo­ple, wher­ever we’re from.

“Tech­nol­ogy has made in­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion pos­si­ble,” he added. “There a down­side to that and yet there is also a very good up­side.”

He rounded off the in­ter­view by talk­ing about how he man­ages to re­main suc­cess­ful.

“I just try to do my best,” he said. “It’s about do­ing right by the peo­ple I work with and the peo­ple I deal with.

“I try to be as interactive as pos­si­ble and keep my word.”

‘He’s so stupid. This guy does not have a clue about what goes on in the world’ - Robert De Niro on Don­ald Trump

Pic­ture: Sa­hara Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

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