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Actor Robert De Niro: Trump must be 'held accountable' with impeachment inquiry

Actor Robert De Niro: Trump must be 'held accountable' with impeachment inquiry
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Award-winning actor Robert De Niro slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE, saying, among other criticisms, that the president has to be "held accountable" with the impeachment inquiry.

"If we don't go through this impeachment inquiry, we're letting him get away with something," De Niro told MSNBC's Joy Reid Saturday morning. 

"He has done something wrong, he has to pay for that. He has to be held accountable."

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De Niro, a consistent critic of Trump, also told Reid that Trump lacks "sympathy or empathy for anything or anybody," calling Trump a "fake president."

"He calls everything else fake because he knows he's fake," the 76-year-old actor said.

 Trump, De Niro continued, has hurt the U.S.'s relationships with a lot of countries and the country needs a president that can repair "the damage that has been done."

Specifically, De Niro said that he believed that 2020 hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegGas shortages spread to more states Biden officials warn against hoarding gasoline amid shortages Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE could do this.  

"He's young, but he's got all of the qualifications," De Niro told Reid.

The veteran actor also mentioned Michael BloombergMichael BloombergNew York mayoral candidates go viral for vastly underestimating housing costs Melinda Gates tapped divorce lawyers in 2019 after Epstein links to husband: report Giving away the COVID vaccine formula helps no one and harms America MORE as someone who he thinks could do the job.

"He's a grown-up, he's run [New York] for three terms," De Niro said of Bloomberg, adding that "he hasn't done everything perfectly, but he's very, very good."

Bloomberg hasn't officially launched a presidential campaign, but Friday he filed to be on Alabama's Democratic primary ballot. 

Buttigieg has seen a recent surge in the polls and is currently polling at 17.5 percent in Iowa, according to RCP's average of polls.