President Trump tweeted Wednesday that comic Kathy Griffin "should be ashamed of herself" for her participation in a photo shoot involving her holding up a severed, bloodied head resembling Trump's.
Trump added that the image had upset his children, including his 11-year-old son, Barron, his only child with First Lady Melania Trump.
Griffin had posed with the head "during a photo session with famed photog Tyler Shields, who's known for edgy, shocking pics," TMZ reported Tuesday.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., already sounded off on the controversy on Tuesday, calling it an example of what the left finds acceptable.
The photo says it all, but this is what the left thinks is acceptable today. This is the double… https://t.co/ZzNT85I2uC
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 31, 2017
Griffin initially defended the picture as her simply mocking the "mocker-in-chief." However, after the images sparked outrage across the political spectrum, Griffin said she had made a mistake and apologized.
I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017
"I'm a comic," she said in a tweeted video. "I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it … I ask your forgiveness."
CNN said Griffin's actions were "disgusting and offensive" and stated it would be evaluating her status as co-host with Anderson Cooper of the network's annual New Year's Eve special.