Robert De Niro, who has outwardly expressed his disdain for President Trump, was the target of a suspicious package, according to the FBI. A delivery was sent to the building that houses the Tribeca Grill, a restaurant started by the Academy Award-winning actor and his Tribeca Film Center, police say.
De Niro has made his aversion to Trump quite clear, admitting he’d “like to punch him in the face” and giving him multiple tongue lashings.
“At approximately 4 a.m. police received responded to a call about a suspicious package at 375 Greenwich,” Jerry Varson with the New York Police Department confirmed to Thursday morning.
The FBI confirmed a package was addressed to De Niro via its official Twitter account.
“A suspicious package was received. We called the police. They took it out and went through all safety procedures,” the statement reads. “It was addressed to Robert De Niro and is similar packaging to the others. It is an open investigation. Everyone is safe and the building is open.”
Rosenfield also said De Niro “is not making any statement at this time.”
A series of devices discovered throughout the day Wednesday, which included pipe bombs, were sent to prominent Democrats and across the country and to CNN’s New York office. Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton received threats. Packages were also sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, liberal philanthropist George Soros and California Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
All have drawn the ire of Trump and each has made their way into his speeches and Twitter feed over the years.
De Niro, in particular, hasn’t been shy about sharing his thoughts about the president.
Here are some of the memorable times the actor has shared his views about the president.
At June’s Tony Awards, De Niro didn’t waste any time letting the f-bombs fly in remarks about the president, onstage to introduce Bruce Springsteen.
“I’m gonna say one thing: (expletive) Trump!” he exclaimed. “It’s no longer ‘down with Trump,’ it’s ‘(expletive) Trump!’ “
Months earlier, in January, De Niro slammed the nation’s leader at the National Board of Review Awards, where he presented Meryl Streep with best actress for “The Post.” Given the drama’s timely story of a free press threatened by a sitting president, De Niro didn’t miss the opportunity to take a few digs at the current commander-in-chief.
The events of “The Post” “took place nearly 50 years ago (in 1971), but there are many parallels today, obviously,” De Niro said. “At the time of the story, Donald Trump was suffering from ‘bone spurs.’ Today, the world is suffering from the real Donald Trump.
“This (expletive) idiot is the president,” De Niro continued. “It’s the Emperor’s New Clothes — the guy is a (expletive) fool.”
He went on to lament that today’s media is under siege by the Trump administration, nicknaming the president “our baby-in-chief.”
‘Such a bad con artist’
Previously, while promoting HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” in which he played disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, De Niro slammed Trump in 2017.
“What amazes me is that (Donald Trump is) such a bad con artist,” he said. “Bernie Madoff was a guy who was low-key. I make no excuse for him: what he did was horrible and awful; monstrous. But Trump is in your face every day doing something that is absolutely what word can I use? He’s just a slob. He’s a pig.”