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."