Robert De Niro Rebuffs Arnold Schwarzenegger Over Trump at IDF Fundraiser

De Niro refused to be photographed with the former Republican California governor, although Schwarzenegger has said he will not be voting for the Republican presidential candidate.

Robert De Niro attends Peres' party.
Robert De Niro attends Peres' party.Credit: Omer Meiron

A Friends of the IDF fundraising dinner in Beverly Hills Thursday night became the scene of a political tussle over the U.S. presidential election campaign between actor Robert De Niro and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor-turned-Republican politician, who became governor of California.

The Hollywood entertainment publication Variety reported that De Niro refused to be photographed with the former governor and repeatedly asked Schwarzenegger: “Are you voting for Trump?” and telling him: “If you’re supporting Trump, I want nothing to do with you.”

Variety noted that on October 8, the Austrian-born Schwarzenegger had stated that he would in fact not be voting for the Donald Trump, tweeting: “For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President.” But he has not stated whom he would vote for, Variety reported, adding that De Niro rebuffed him saying: “If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.”

But Variety added: "The beautiful part of the evening was that people on both sides of the argument came together to support Israel with mutual love and admiration for FIDF, a non-political, non-military organization that proudly supports programs for the well-being of soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans. The gala raised a record-breaking $38 million dollars to help Israeli soldiers and their families in need."

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