Robert Downey Jr. Praises Biden at Davos Event: ‘We’re Going Back to Principle’

(INSET: President Joe Biden) HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 28: Robert Downey Jr. attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 28, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Hollywood star Robert Downey, Jr. praised President Joe Biden during a panel discussion for the World Economic Forum’s virtual Davos gathering, claiming that the new commander in chief will bring the U.S. “back to principle.”

“You know, it’s funny, what a difference a day can make,” the Iron Man star said, according to a report from CNBC, whose anchor Tania Bryer was moderating the discussion. “We’ve been prone in the West over here to be very personality-based and now we’re going back to principle, and that takes a lot of discipline.”

Downey, Jr. kept the Biden lovefest going: “I was very pleased to see our commander-in-chief say to his entire cabinet: ‘You are all to treat each other with respect from day one, or I’m gonna have a problem with you.'”

The actor quipped that the move showed “good den mothering” and “common sense.”

“I think we tend to fall out of step with principle behavior and then the cavalcade of character defects start rearing their ugly heads,” he said.

During the panel, Downey Jr. also espoused a globalist view of international relations. “We have to act as a single mind as often as possible,” he said.

The Hollywood star was speaking to promote his Footprint Coalition, an environmental initiative that is “committed to scaling technologies to restore our planet,” according to its official website.

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