Robert De Niro calls for arts funding

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The president's budget contains "draconian cuts to life-saving and life-enhancing" arts - and that's "Bulls**t", actor Robert De Niro declared at an awards event Monday.

Speaking at a gala at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center after receiving the organization's Chaplin Award for his career in film, De Niro said the "government's hostility towards art...has jeopardized the film industry". For their own divisive political purposes, the administration suggests that the money for these all-inclusive programs goes to rich liberal elites.

But De Niro doubled down on his criticism, adding: "I don't make movies for 'rich, liberal elites.' I've got my restaurants for that".

Trump's budget was not signed into law, but that didn't stop the 73-year-old Oscar-winner from criticizing it during his acceptance speech.

The actor, known for his roles in "The Godfather", "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver", was unable to explain why he gravitated toward film making at an early age."I just enjoy it, acting".

When asked by The View host Joy Behar about his wish to hit the president, De Niro responded: 'I said that because he said that about somebody, that he would like to punch them in the face.

"[Our industry] owes a debt to Charlie Chaplin, an immigrant who probably wouldn't pass today's extreme vetting", said De Niro.

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However, upon entering the event, De Niro did say to one veteran reporter he seemed to know: "You're friends with him".

De Niro has been an outspoken critic of Trump ever since he announced he was running for president.

The actor shared the space with other legends like Michael Douglas and Ben Stiller among others.

'I mean, he's so blatantly stupid.

"I can pretend to be comfortable with him, but inside".

Keitel met De Niro shortly before they did "Mean Streets" together in 1973 and has a couple of tales to tell - but he's not talking. But what he did, and what I do are two very different things, totally, of course.