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 John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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."


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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Tulsi Gabbard reacts to Afghanistan report, calls out Pete Buttigieg's McKinsey work Buttigieg surrogate on candidate's past consulting work: 'I don't think it matters' 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 Rubens BloombergTrump campaign exploits Bloomberg News blunder Tim Black: Did Michael Bloomberg lie about stop and frisk? Poll: Trump leads 2020 Democratic candidates in Michigan 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.