Sir Patrick Stewart is applying for US citizenship so he can protest against President Donald Trump.

The British actor - who has lived in America for several years - is strongly opposed to the viewpoints of the new commander-in-chief but understands he can't make his voice heard in any significant way unless he undergoes the process to be recognised as a legal member of the country and plans to do so in order to ''fight and oppose'' the Republican regime.

Asked on 'The View' about a ''fairly innocent'' tweet he posted last month while staying in Washington D.C. - in which he stated he had the ''worst sleep'' he'd had but was ''less than 300yds'' from where the President sleeps - he said: ''I did not directly insult your president.''

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg interrupted to say: ''Not mine.''

The 76-year-old actor replied: ''He's not mine either. We have our own problems. We have Brexit.

''I'm not a citizen. However, there is, maybe it's the only good thing as the result of this election: I am now applying for citizenship because I want to be an American too, because all of my friends in Washington said, 'There is one thing you can do. Fight, fight, oppose, oppose.' But I can't do it because I'm not a citizen.''

The 'Logan' star - who has two children from his first marriage and wed third spouse Sunny Ozell in 2013 - likes to make fun of himself on social media but also sees it as a platform for making ''serious'' statements and has no desire to stop using Twitter any time soon.

He told The Rake magazine: ''Of course, there is an individual in the United States who is giving Twitter a very bad name, but I think it would be a narrow-minded point of view to stop because of that.

''What I do on social media -- a lot of which is with the support and advice of my wife, who has a much more intensive and surefooted way of understanding social media than I have -- is meant for humour and for storytelling, and occasionally for making statements that are serious and on which we hope to have an impact.''