'Wake up Punchy!': Trump jabs back at De Niro

Different approach Following the controversy around his comments Robert apologised not to Trump but for the president's behaviour on CNN

After a weekend spent vying for peace, U.S. President Donald Trump is punching back against actor Robert De Niro, calling him a "low IQ individual".

US President Donald Trump has hit back at Robert De Niro after the Oscar-winning actor used an expletive to condemn him at the Tony Awards. "I watched him last night and truly believe he may be 'punch-drunk, '" Trump tweeted at 4:53 p.m.

"I'm going to say one thing: 'F-k Trump, '" De Niro, one of Trump's most high-profile Hollywood critics, told the audience while presenting an award. Earlier this year, the "Godfather Part II" star called Trump a "jerkoff in chief" and "a f-king idiot".

FILE - This 1980 undated handout file photo shows Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta in a boxing scene from Martin Scorsese's film "Raging Bull".

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During the Tony Awards, De Niro, who has frequently sparred with Trump, drew a standing ovation with an anti-Trump rant.

"I just want to make a note of apology for the idiotic behavior of my president", De Niro said in Toronto on Monday for the groundbreaking of the Canadian Nobu restaurant, where he was dining with celebrity chef and business partner Nobu Matsuhisa, The Globe and Mail reported.

President Trump defended himself against De Niro's attack by praising the economy under his watch.

It's not the first time the two-time Academy Award victor has slammed the commander in chief.

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