Robert De Niro says he can't punch Donald Trump in the face anymore

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Robert De Niro is not going to follow through on his viral video threat to punch Donald Trump, the actor told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"You could now get arrested for that, I think," said Kimmel of attacking the president-elect.

"I can't do that now; he's president," said De Niro. "And I have to respect that position, though I...; " He trailed off.

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American actor Robert de Niro on the set of Once Upon a Time in America, directed by Sergio Leone. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert de Niro on the set of Once Upon a Time in America, directed by Sergio Leone. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather: Part II. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert de Niro on the set of Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert de Niro on the set of Mean Streets, written and directed by Martin Scorsese. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert De Niro during 2003 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Chinese Coffee' Screening at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Robert De Niro (R) and Grace Hightower attend the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Robert De Niro attends the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Honoree Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at Hilton Hotel Midtown on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for RFK Ripple Of Hope)
ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 17: Robert De Niro attends the Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro Conference at Maxxi Museum on November 17, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 17: Robert De Niro attends the Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro Press Conference at Maxxi Museum on November 17, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Actor Robert DeNiro is seen on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK NY - OCTOBER 18: Robert De Niro sighting on October 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: 'Once Upon A Time In America' cast member Robert De Niro attends the 52nd New York Film Festival at Walter Reade Theater on September 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Robert De Niro attends 2014 Atlantic Council's Global Citizen Awards at Natural History Museum on September 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Robert DeNiro, Anne Hathaway filming Nancy Meyer's 'The Intern' on September 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway film on the set of 'The Intern' on August 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Actor Robert De Niro on the set of 'The Intern' on July 8, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Ruby Kushner and Robert De Niro on the set of 'The Intern' on June 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actors Robert De Niro and Linda Lavin on the set of 'The Intern' on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actor Robert De Niro on the set of 'The Intern' on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Robert De Niro is seen filming The Intern in Park Slope, Brooklyn on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro speak onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike TV)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower attend a screening of the HBO documentary 'Remembering The Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr.' hosted by POLITICO at the Longview Gallery on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alexander Morozov/Getty Images)
Actor Robert De Niro talks to reporters and film professionals during "Coffee with..." event during the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 13, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
Paris, France, 24 11 1977, Robert De Niro actor. (Photo by Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Robert De Niro is on hand at the Museum of the Moving Image dinner honoring film producer Jane Rosenthal at the St. Regis Hotel. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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"I just have to see what he's going to do and how he's really going to follow through on certain things," De Niro continued. "And as we even see now in a lot of cities, there's a lot of people getting very upset and protesting."

Kimmel said he doesn't see what the point is of protesting at this point, adding that he thinks President Obama is speaking from his own experience when he says that we're all on the same team.

"But occasionally teammates do punch each other in the face," joked Kimmel.

Read more: Robert De Niro Compares Donald Trump to 'Taxi Driver' Character

De Niro has been a vocal opponent of Trump.

"It's disgraceful this guy was allowed to get as far he has," said De Niro in an interview before the election. "I don't understand how people could be seduced into thinking this guy has an answer. He has no answer." In another interview, he said Trump was "totally nuts" and compared him to his Taxi Driver character.


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