Frequent Trump critic and acclaimed actor Robert De Niro again blasted President Trump as a "New Yorker that I'd never want to meet" in a CNN interview Monday.

"In my lifetime, I never thought... We've seen horrible things over the years, but this is one of the worst that I have ever seen and ever thought I would see. But it's real," De Niro said.

CNN International anchor Hala Gorani asked De Niro why he chose to be intently critical in a public way about Trump.

De Niro, who was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, called the Jamaica, Queens-born Trump "a New Yorker I would never want to meet -- and now he's president."

"I know what kind of person this guy is," he said of his cross-borough neighbor.

De Niro said that he hopes to look back on his public criticism and say "at least I lived to see the time that this would all pass," characterizing Trump's tenure in office as "a nightmare you remember."

Gorani recalled how De Niro called Trump a "national disgrace" as a candidate and referred to him as a "bozo" -- going on to use profanity in a video last year.

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She asked if, by attacking Trump publicly, the actor is "playing [the president's] game" and "giving him what he wants" -- in this case, a public feud with an actor.

De Niro dismissed the contention, and said that Trump's responses on Twitter are "inane and kind of stupid."

"He doesn't even say anything that is witty or smart," De Niro said.

De Niro was later asked how he came to assume the role of Special Counsel Robert Mueller on "Saturday Night Live."

The actor said he could not recall the exact details, but that after conferring with family, he reportedly called "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels to pitch himself for the program.

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