Robert De Niro is not a fan of Donald Trump.
The two-time Oscar-winning actor, known for critically-acclaimed films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas, has repeatedly taken shots at President Trump in an effort to stay in the limelight.
When De Niro caught word that Trump would be delivering a landmark speech at the United Nations Tuesday, he likely couldn’t resist the urge to try to upstage America’s head of state.
So the actor scrambled to set up a meeting at the UN convincing the world’s leaders to send money to the devastated Caribbean island of Barbuda.
De Niro likely hoped people would hear about the meeting and brand him a big-hearted humanitarian. After all, the people of Barbuda were hit hard by the storm, with 90 percent of the island’s building damaged by Irma.
But unluckily for De Niro, the public quickly discovered his true interest in the Barbuda–and it’s far from altruistic.
As it turns out, Barbuda is home to the future Paradise Found Nobu resort. The owner of the luxurious multi-million dollar getaway? Robert De Niro.
De Niro and his business partner James Packer bought the property in 2016. It was formerly the K Club, an exclusive destination frequented by Princess Diana of Wales. The K Club shut down in 2004. The new, updated resort is still under construction, although it isn’t clear how much it was affected by the hurricane.
When he first purchased the resort, the deal was opposed by hundreds of the island’s residents, who protested the actor’s request for additional land. Under Barbudan law, the island’s people own the land. De Niro’s company, Paradise Found, plans to invest $250 million in the resort project.
But those plans came to a screeching halt due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. Officials says it will take approximately $300 million to restore Barbuda to its pre-storm condition.
De Niro, who has a net worth of $200 million, wants the nations of the world to write Barbuda a check for the repairs? The question is: how much of any restoration money would go to the movie star’s resort?
De Niro, who has said he wants to punch President Trump, was mocked on social media.
The guy pretty much went over, changed laws, stole land from the people and now wants U.N. help for his investment. funny
— Torey bettencourt (@organizedkaos03) September 20, 2017
Gee is it because he owns a hotel there or because he cares? #AlteriorMotive
— Tina W (@TinWain) September 19, 2017
Wish famous people cared about cities in US that need help #FlintWaterCrisis
— Sarcastic (Yooper) Momma (@Sarcasm_PhD78) September 16, 2017