VIDEO: Robert De Niro: "I can't punch Trump now that he's going to be President" 3 years ago

VIDEO: Robert De Niro: "I can't punch Trump now that he's going to be President"

A far more measured Robert De Niro spoke to Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night.

Having released a video in October in which he said he'd like to punch Donald Trump in the face, actor Robert De Niro has now sounded a far more cautious note about the next American President.

“Are you still going to punch Donald Trump in the face?” Kimmel asked De Niro, “because you could now get arrested for that, I think."

“I can’t do that now he’s president,” the actor replied. “And I have to respect that position … I just have to see what he’s going to do and how he’s going to follow through on certain things. And as we even see now in a lot of cities, there’s a lot of people getting very upset and protesting."

Here's the clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYiC1Z0X69U

They also spoke about President Barack Obama's speech from The White House on Wednesday, in which he gave his tentative support to his replacement.

“I’m sure President Obama is speaking from his own personal experience when he didn’t get a lot of support,” Kimmel said, "and he’s saying, ‘Hey, we have to … you know, we’re all on the same team.’ But occasionally teammates do punch each other in the face.”

“Maybe he [Obama] will when he sees him,” De Niro replied.