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Actor Robert De Niro bashed Trump before the election. Now he’s reversing course.

Robert De Niro (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Actor Robert De Niro has softened his tone on President-elect Donald Trump after the Oscar-winning actor famously said in October that he'd like to punch Trump in the face.

Now De Niro is looking at Trump in a positive light, hoping that the new president will work for the benefit of all Americans.

"I would only say that we’re all hoping, waiting and hoping, that he will lead the country in a way that’ll benefit everyone and benefit our neighbors around the world," De Niro said earlier this week, according to The Hill, when asked what message he'd like to share with Trump now that he won the White House.

"That's all," he added. "We’re waiting and hoping, and we’ll see."

De Niro's comments came during a press scrum following a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, where he — along with a host of others — were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

His comments were a complete turnaround from the comments he made about Trump last month, when he said of the president-elect: "He's a punk, he's a dog, he's a pig, he's a con, a bulls**t artist, a mutt who doesn't know what he's talking about."

"It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has," De Niro said at the time. "He talks how he'd like to punch people in the face? Well, I'd like to punch him in the face."

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