Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro has been offered refuge in Italy, after he said he would move there should Donald Trump win the US election.
The mayor of Ferrazzano, in the Italian region of Molise, has said the town was “ready to welcome him with open arms”.
The Mayor said “To welcome someone like De Niro would be an amazing promotion for us on the international stage. This is the right place in which to forget the electoral defeat and avoid having to beat up Trump.”
De Niro had said he wanted to punch the new President-Elect in the face while campaigning for Hillary Clinton during an appearance on American talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.
When asked whether he still wanted to punch Trump in the face after the elections, De Niro said “I can’t do that now. I have to respect the position. We just have to see what he is going to do and how he is going to follow through on certain things… and as we even see now in a lot of cities, there’s a lot of people getting very upset and protesting.”
The American actor’s great-grandparents emigrated from the small Italian town of Ferrazzano in 1890.
Mayor of Ferrazzano, Antonio Cerio said “If, after the disappointment of Trump’s election, he wants to take refuge here, we would be honored to welcome him”. Mayor Cerio said he hoped De Niro might visit his ancestral home, if not move there permanently.