The Oscar-winning actor did not hold back in his criticism of the Republican candidate and real estate mogul in the lead up to the election earlier this month (Nov16), when he pulled off a stunning upset and beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The New York native, 73, made his feelings clear last month (Oct16) in a video encouraging people to vote against Trump, who he branded "an idiot, a national disaster, an embarrassment to this country".

However, now Trump has been voted into the White House, De Niro has taken a new stance on his presidency, insisting he's waiting to see what type of leader he will be.

"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," he told ITK on Tuesday (22Nov16). "That's all. We're waiting and hoping, and we'll see."

In footage cut from the pre-election video, De Niro also confessed he wanted to "punch" Trump in the face, but he now explains his comments were "more symbolic".

"After he said the things that he said, anybody would want to punch him in the face," he explained. "Many people told me, 'You said what I'd want to say.' It's just unacceptable to say those things in the situations that he said them in. Now he's President-elect and I just want to see what he's going to do."

Earlier this month (Nov16), the Hollywood veteran compared his feelings about Trump being elected to the way he felt after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001.

"I feel like I did when the World Trade Center was attacked," De Niro told The Telegraph. "I'm waiting to see. I'm stunned. We're gonna see. I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. We'll see what happens."