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Jeff Bridges 'Rooting For' Trump To Do Well

| by Jordan Smith

Actor Jeff Bridges hopes President Donald Trump will do well for the country, according to a June 28 interview.

Bridges spoke to The Associated Press at an event in Montana and explained that while he backed Democrat Hillary Clinton in the election, Trump should be given a chance.

"Everybody has something different and unique to contribute to society and with different ways of doing it," Bridges said.

Bridges is heavily involved in charity work to tackle child hunger. He has been spokesperson for the organization No Kid Hungry since 2010.

"Some people will be blatantly out there talking about their disappointments and ridiculing the way President Trump is acting," he added.

"I'm rooting for him to do well by our country," said Bridges.

He noted his concern about possible cuts to federal food assistance programs for children and their families.

"The health of our children is a wonderful compass that can tell us if our country is going the right direction," added Bridges. "That means we're off course, so I'm rooting for the president to get on course."

Other celebrities have been less supportive in their comments about the current occupant of the White House.

Actor Johnny Depp appeared to suggest assassinating Trump in comments delivered at the Glastonbury festival in England.

"When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" Depp asked the crowd, according to The New York Times. "I want to clarify: I'm not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it's been awhile, and maybe it's time."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized Depp's comments the following day, comparing them to the actions of comedian Kathy Griffin. Griffin appeared with a fake severed head of Trump in May. She later apologized.

"The president's made it clear that we should denounce violence in all of its forms, and if we're going to hold to that standard then we should agree that that standard should be universally applied," Spicer added.

Depp later apologized.

"I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump," the actor said in a statement. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone."

Supporters defended Depp, claiming his remarks were clearly meant in jest.

But some on social media, including an account linked to the Republican Party in Tennessee, called for action to be taken against Depp by authorities.

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