As he spoke, he raised his fists into the air, taking in the shock, awe and admiration from the audience at Radio City Music Hall.
In probably the least surprising news ever, President Trump has responded to Robert De Niro's swipe at him from the stage of Sunday's Tony Awards. He delivered his response on his Twitter account while on his way back to the United States.
"I watched him. and truly believe he may be "punch-drunk", he said. I guess he doesn't...
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Trump added a little name calling to the end of his missive, telling De Niro: 'Wake up Punchy!'
The "Raging Bull" actor's remarks were bleeped for more than 6 million Americans watching the awards show on CBS at home.
De Niro, who has previously said he would like to punch the president, received a standing ovation for his two-word attack at the Tony Awards.
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De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller show business events in the past year, but none of them had the profile enjoyed by the Tony Awards.
He famously said he wanted to punch Trump "in the face" during the 2016 US Election, called him a "f***ing fool" and the "baby-in-chief" in January 2018, and the following month said the US was now suffering from a "case of temporary insanity". (Pictured at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival).
"I'm going to say one thing, f--- Trump".
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Though Trump said Tuesday he had been working "around the clock" to prepare for his meeting with Kim, it seems he found time to watch a clip of De Niro's rant. 'It's a disgrace. And I apologize to [Canadian Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau and the other people at the G-7.