Robert De Niro
Biden, De Niro targeted by explosive devices
A law enforcement official says a suspicious package has been intercepted addressed to former VP Joe Biden. A New York City police bomb squad has also recovered a suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro. (Oct. 25)
Robert De Niro, who has outwardly expressed his disdain for President Trump, was the target of a suspicious package, according to the FBI. A delivery was sent to the building that houses the Tribeca Grill, a restaurant started by the Academy Award-winning actor and his Tribeca Film Center, police say.
De Niro has made his aversion to Trump quite clear, admitting he’d “like to punch him in the face” and giving him multiple tongue lashings.
“At approximately 4 a.m. police received responded to a call about a suspicious package at 375 Greenwich,” Jerry Varson with the New York Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY Thursday morning.
The FBI confirmed a package was addressed to De Niro via its official Twitter account.
USA TODAY reached out to De Niro’s rep, Stan Rosenfield, for comment, who issued a statement from a spokesperson for Tribeca Enterprises, established by De Niro and others.
“A suspicious package was received. We called the police. They took it out and went through all safety procedures,” the statement reads. “It was addressed to Robert De Niro and is similar packaging to the others. It is an open investigation. Everyone is safe and the building is open.”
Rosenfield also said De Niro “is not making any statement at this time.”
A series of devices discovered throughout the day Wednesday, which included pipe bombs, were sent to prominent Democrats and across the country and to CNN’s New York office. Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton received threats. Packages were also sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, liberal philanthropist George Soros and California Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
All have drawn the ire of Trump and each has made their way into his speeches and Twitter feed over the years.
De Niro, in particular, hasn’t been shy about sharing his thoughts about the president.